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Vers LibreThe Emergence of Free Verse in France 1886-1914$
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Clive Scott

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151593.001.0001

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Rimbaud's ‘Marine’ and ‘Mouvement’

Rimbaud's ‘Marine’ and ‘Mouvement’

(p.181) 4 Rimbaud's ‘Marine’ and ‘Mouvement’
Vers Libre

Clive Scott

Oxford University Press

This chapter is devoted to commentaries on Rimbaud's poems, the ‘Marine’ and the ‘Mouvement’. Rimbaud's poems are generally accepted as the first samples of free verse in France. However this recognition as the first examples of free verse was met by many criticisms as these poems are largely exceptional and seemed merely to have acted as a stepping stone to the prose poems of Illuminations. Several commentators found grounds for disqualifying them as free verse. Among the critics of Rimbaud discussed here are Guyaux and Plessen and their scansion, reading, and rhythmic structure of the two poems are carefully examined and discussed.

Keywords:   Rimbaud, Marine, Mouvement, free verse, Illuminations, Guyaux, Plessen

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