Mallarme and Circumstance
The Translation of Silence
By (author) Roger Pearson
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Mallarme and Circumstance by Roger Pearson
Book DescriptionFollowing his Unfolding Mallarme: The Development of a Poetic Art, this book is the second in Roger Pearson's authoritative two-volume study of the work of Stephanie Mallarme (1842-1898), and the first comprehensive study of Mallarme's 'poetry of circumstance' in any language. For Mallarme, in a world without God, the role of the poet is to break the silence with language and to confer upon the contingency of circumstance a therapeutic semblance of formal and semantic pattern. Literature provides a 'translation of silence', 'intimate galas' in which the mysterious drama of the human condition is performed for and by the reader on the stage of the verse poem, the prose poem, and what Mallarme calls the 'poeme critique'. In Part 1, Pearson examines the prose poems within the context of Mallarme's writing about the theatre. In Part II, he focuses on the 'circumstanzas' - the famous 'Tombeaux', 'Hommages', 'Eventails', and 'vers de circonstance' - in which Mallarme invests the quotidian with the 'glorious lie' of poetry. In a series of close readings Pearson demonstrates how complex poetic structures, and especially the sonnet, may serve to guide the human search for meaning and shape our anguish in a 'ceremony of the Book.'
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199266746
(204mm x 106mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 8-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Roger Pearson
Unacknowledged Legislators, Hardback (April 2016)
Unacknowledged Legislators presents an original and detailed history of the theory and practice of French poetry from 1750 through to the end of the Romantic Period. Focussing on five major writers of the period, it demonstrates how the figure of the poet as lawgiver was central to the theory and practice of poetry during this period.
Stephane Mallarme, Paperback (March 2010)
At the age of fifty Stephane Mallarme (1842-98) spoke of his published work as very precise reference points on my mind's journey. In this book, the author charts that journey, blending a biographical account of the poet's life with a detailed analysis of his evolving poetic theory and practice.
Life, Paperback (May 2009)View all books by Roger Pearson
The first of Maupassant's six novels, A Life (Une Vie) (1883) is the story of Jeanne de Lamare, the only daughter of wealthy Norman aristocrats whose life is beset by treachery and disillusion.
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