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Reading the RhythmThe Poetics of French Free Verse 1910-1930$
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Clive Scott

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198158820

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158820.001.0001

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Guillaume Apollinaire, Calligrammes (1918)

Guillaume Apollinaire, Calligrammes (1918)

The Prosody of the Visual

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Reading the Rhythm

Clive Scott

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Guillaume Apollinaire's calligrams. This chapter attempts to make reference to some of the devices and effects found in contemporary visual art, and in particular, in the Cubism movement which was believed to be the dominating force and inspiration behind Apollinaire's calligrams. In this chapter some of his poems such as Les Soirées de Paris, Il pleut, and L' Éventail des saveurs are examined. These are looked at within the context of rhythm, scansion, and the visual arts depicted as Cubism and Futurism found in the structure and characteristics of the poems.

Keywords:   Guillaume Apollinaire, Apollinaire, calligrams, contemporary visual art, Cubism, rhythm, scansion, Futurism, poems

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