Poetry and Cosmogony: Science in the Writing of Queneau and Ponge

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Rodopi, 1999 - 401 ページ
In the middle of the twentieth century the French poets Raymond Queneau and Francis Ponge devoted themselves to the apparently quixotic task of reviving the dormant tradition of the cosmogonic poem. Queneau's Petite cosmogonic portative updates the verse cosmogony as it was written by Sceve and Du Bartas, drawing on the freshest scientific discoveries of its day and employing a ludic rhetoric indebted to Freud, Joyce and the Surrealists. La Seine and the "Texte sur l'electricite" are major components of Ponge's fragmentary cosmology. While looking back to Lucretius, they cite modern scientific texts extensively, in accordance with a strategy derived from Lautreamont. Poetry and Cosmogony offers the most thorough readings to date of these texts, analysing the ways in which they recast scientific material, and estimating the durability of the resulting poetry.
 

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Chapter
42
Petite cosmogonie portative
79
Chapter three
116
Chapter four
212
Chapter five
255
Chapter
308
Appendix I
361
Bibliography
375
Index of Proper Names
393
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12 ページ - Il faut être académicien — plus mort qu'un fossile, — pour parfaire un dictionnaire, de quelque langue que ce soit. Des faibles se mettraient à penser sur la première lettre de l'alphabet, qui pourraient vite ruer dans la folie!
18 ページ - Do not all charms fly At the mere touch of cold philosophy ? There was an awful rainbow once in heaven : We know her woof, her texture ; she is given In the dull catalogue of common things. Philosophy will clip an Angel's wings, Conquer all mysteries by rule and line, Empty the haunted air and gnomed mine — Unweave a rainbow, as it erewhile made The tender-person'd Lamia melt into a shade.
10 ページ - Newton, Kepler et Galilée, Plus doctes, plus heureux dans leurs puissants efforts^ A tout nouveau Virgile ont ouvert des trésors. Tous les arts sont unis : les sciences humaines N'ont pu de leur empire étendre les domaines, Sans agrandir aussi la carrière des vers. Quel long travail pour eux a conquis l'univers!

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