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Reading the Rhythm: The Poetics of French Free Verse 1910-1930

Clive Scott

Abstract

We are still a long way from knowing how to read the rhythms of free verse, a poetry which has been largely neglected by metrical theory. This study indicates the strategies of reading needed if justice is to be done to free verse's rhythmic versatility. The core of the book is an analysis of key French 20th-century poets and poems, including Perse's Éloges, Cendrars's Prose du Transsibérien, Dix-neuf poèmes élastiques, and Documentaires; Apollinaire's Calligrammes; Supervielle's Gravitations; and Reverdy's Sources de vent. Contemporary trends in the visual arts — Cubism, Futurism, Orphism, ph ... More

Keywords: rhythms, free verse, poetry, metrical theory, French, 20th century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198158820
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158820.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clive Scott, author
University of East Anglia