The traits that characterize the "language" of French Symbolism are the center of these essays. In interpreting major or previously neglected compositions by Mallarmé, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Claudel, Valéry, and Apollinaire, the author shows how each of these poets worked with the elements that distinguish this influential group of writers as a whole.
Originally published in 1969.
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Table of Contents:
- Frontmatter, pg. i
- Preface, pg. vii
- Contents, pg. xi
- Chapter I. Mallarme and the “Monstre d’or″, pg. 1
- Chapter II. Verlaine’s “Naiveté″, pg. 21
- Chapter III. Rimbaud As Rhetorician, pg. 71
- Chapter IV. “Magic″ and “Movement″ in Claudel and Valéry, pg. 112
- Chapter V. Claudel’s Art of Composition, pg. 146
- Chapter VI. Valery’s “Purete″, pg. 185
- Chapter VII. Music in Apollinaire, pg. 218
- Index, pg. 263
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