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Baudelaire and the Poetics of Craft - Graham Chesters

Baudelaire and the Poetics of Craft

Paperback Published: 14th April 2011
ISBN: 9780521158954
Number Of Pages: 198

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This book is a study of how Baudelaire shapes the raw material of the French language within the formal framework of French versification. Graham Chesters analyses the sounds, metrical units, rhymes, syntax and overall structure of a range of texts to show the tension between irony and harmony inherent in the craft of the poet. This is particularly noticeable in Baudelaire's urban poetry, in which traditional expectations of poetic form clash with the pulsating freshness, difference and energy of modern Paris. As well as offering close stylistic analysis, the book explores Baudelaire's theoretical concerns.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Note on the text
The poetics of craft
A singular clarity of timbre, I: sound repetition and conventional form
A singular clarity of timbre, II: sound repetition and units of sense
Sound patterns and the secrets of composition
Rhymes
Pattern, expectation, surprise
'Lapse' and recuperation
Experimentation and urban poetics, I: the limits of poetry
Experimentation and urban poetics, II: the transformation of a prose-poem
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521158954
ISBN-10: 0521158958
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 198
Published: 14th April 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.2  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.31