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The Poetics of French Verse: Studies in Reading

Clive Scott


This book explores the expressive resources peculiar to French verse, first through formal discussion of its poetics and then through detailed readings of texts from the 17th century to the present. At the same time, it offers a reassessment of the nature of the reading process itself, and makes a case for rescuing a sense of the complex modalities of language from the pressure to interpret. Reading is, above all, the experience of language, and of the self through language, and we should seek ways of preserving these kinds of experience, even though the conventions of critical discourse milit ... More

Keywords: French verse, poetics, reading, La Fontaine, Chénier, Vigny, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Apollinaire, Éluard

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198159445
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159445.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clive Scott, author
University of East Anglia