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Mallarmé and CircumstanceThe Translation of Silence$
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Roger Pearson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266746

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266746.001.0001

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Introduction: The Poet and the Reader

Introduction: The Poet and the Reader

(p.1) Introduction: The Poet and the Reader
Mallarmé and Circumstance

Roger Pearson (Contributor Webpage)

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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of how Mallarmé became a central point of reference in the history of 19th- and 20th-century literature and critical theory given the fact that he wrote so relatively few poems. It then explains the purpose of the book, which contends that all of Mallarmé's work is informed by a consistent and coherent view of the poet's role — to break the silence of a godless universe and to confer upon that silence some kind of lasting pattern.

Keywords:   poems, poet's role, God, godless universe, lasting pattern, critical theory

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