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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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Blaise Cendrars, Prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jeanne de France (1913)

Blaise Cendrars, Prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jeanne de France (1913)

The Prosody of Locomotion

(p.57) 3 Blaise Cendrars, Prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jeanne de France (1913)
Reading the Rhythm

Clive Scott

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Cendrars' Prose du Transsibérien. It discusses Cendrars' cavalier attitude to syllable, his choice for the cadence-accentual mode, a prosodic mode which centres the measure on its accent rather than on its syllabic count, and the line on the number of measures rather than on the number of syllables. Within the context of the Cendrars'poem, the chapter focuses on the train journey as an exploration and enactment of rhythmic possibilities, and of their limits, in free verse.

Keywords:   cendrars, syllable, cadence-accentual mode, prosodic, measure, accent, syllabic count, number of measures, rhythmic

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