By Carol Clark
Boasting considered one of Western culture’s oldest and richest literary traditions, French literature has lengthy been a pioneer of fashion and innovation. From the farcical comedies of Molière to the torment of Baudelaire’s verse, it has encouraged writers and artists far and wide during the a while. This entire Beginner’s consultant tells French Literature’s compelling tale from the start correct as much as at the present time. Highlighting its targeted features, Carol Clark explores how the literary forms of various sessions took form and exhibits what we will achieve from studying vintage and sleek French works. With translations and motives of noteworthy extracts from celebrated writers, this can be the best source for somebody who desires to realize the delights French literature deals. Carol Clark is Emeritus Fellow of Balliol university and previous collage Lecturer in French on the collage of Oxford. She has translated works by way of Baudelaire, Proust, and Rostand for Penguin Classics.
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One interesting aspect of this phonetically dominated composition of words is its similarity to the sounds of a foreign language. The accumulation of the consonants r and h, the repetition of vowels, and the introduction of some exotic words, such as "myrrah," "han," "arabistan," créate the impression that the poet is actually rendering an Arabic language. The use of this technique of rendering foreign languages by means of trans-rational poetry was a widespread tendency among the Russian Cubo-Futurists.
The same interest in derivatives was also characteristic of Futurist poetry in Poland. The majority of neologisms invented by Aleksander Wat or Anatol Stern are derivatives from a common root. In Wat's "The Lives," for instance, there are many derivatives from the root pión: i kosujka ptonac tak i píomyki píomieñ rozptonecznionych bezptoni^c doplonac, dopton^c, ptonacze i ptonaczki sptonacy ptomieñczarze biatouscie! daj biaíousciech! 21 17 Julián Tuwim, Slopiewnie (Poznañ, 1935). 18 The concept of "disautomatization" was developed by Víctor Shklovskii in his "Iskusstvo kak priem," Poetika (Petrograd, 1919).
A similar semantic relationship characterizes rhymes in "To the Futurists," in which "rokoko" (rococó) and "poetycznosci" (poetic) from the lexicón of art are contrasted with the medical term "gonokok" (gonococcus) and with the harsh neologism "wkrosci" (to pimple). Even rhymes based on tautology reveal subtle semantic differences. In "Marching" the word "krew" (blood) appears four times in a rhyming position, and each time its meaning varíes, depending on the context: Co? .. Co? Lezy ... Krew ...