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Unfolding MallarméThe Development of a Poetic Art$
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Roger Pearson

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159179.001.0001

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‘Les poètes de dix-sept ans’: Entre quatre murs (1859–1860)

‘Les poètes de dix-sept ans’: Entre quatre murs (1859–1860)

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(p.17) 2 ‘Les poètes de dix-sept ans’: Entre quatre murs (1859–1860)
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Unfolding Mallarmé
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Roger Pearson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159179.003.0003

In Entre quatre murs Mallarmé can be seen exploring the power of poetic language by trying on a selection of verse-forms and poetic styles rather as though they were theatrical costumes. Variously, he mourns with the graveside visitor in Hugo's Les Contemplations, cavorts with the Hispanophile of Musset's Contes d'Espagne et d'Italie, or shadows the repressed sensualist of Leconte de Lisle's Poemes antiques. At seventeen, like Rimbaud at fifteen, Mallarmé could be any poet he wished: unlike Rimbaud, he could as yet only seldom better them.

Keywords:   Mallarmé, verse-forms, poetic style, poetic language

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