ABC de la lecture

République des Lettres

Texte intégral révisé suivi d'une biographie d'Ezra Pound. Figure de proue de la révolution poétique du XXe siècle, Pound s'emploie ici à initier le lecteur à la plus haute poésie et à une lecture critique des oeuvres tant anciennes que modernes. Cet "ABC de la lecture", publié en 1934, est à la fois un brillant cours de poétique et un manifeste de ses théories esthétiques et littéraires. À travers Dante, Whitman, Rimbaud, Marlowe, Villon, Donne et bien d'autres, l'auteur des célèbres "Cantos" ouvre les voies d'une littérature résolument moderne qui a inspiré les plus grands. "C'est à Ezra Pound encore plus qu'à T.S. Eliot que nous sommes redevables de notre sens contemporain de l'énorme variété des modes littéraires et des réalisations d'une douzaine de cultures" (- G. S. Fraser). "Il a repoussé les limites des références, de la diction et de la structure en poésie" (- Robert Graves). "Il a fait des découvertes sensationnelles et des erreurs monumentales" (- James Joyce). "Pound était un poète et un poète très remarquable; c'était aussi un catalyste qui sentait ce que l'époque pouvait produire et qui l'aidait à naître" (- C. Connolly).
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Ezra Pound (1884–1972) was a leading Modernist poet and the driving force behind Imagism and Vorticism.

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République des Lettres
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Published on
Apr 12, 2016
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Pages
192
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ISBN
9782824903002
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Language
French
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Genres
Literary Criticism / General
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First published in 1919 by Ezra Pound, Ernest Fenollosa's essay on the Chinese written language has become one of the most often quoted statements in the history of American poetics. As edited by Pound, it presents a powerful conception of language that continues to shape our poetic and stylistic preferences: the idea that poems consist primarily of images; the idea that the sentence form with active verb mirrors relations of natural force. But previous editions of the essay represent Pound's understanding-it is fair to say, his appropriation-of the text. Fenollosa's manuscripts, in the Beinecke Library of Yale University, allow us to see this essay in a different light, as a document of early, sustained cultural interchange between North Americaand East Asia.Pound's editing of the essay obscured two important features, here restored to view: Fenollosa's encounter with Tendai Buddhism and Buddhist ontology, and his concern with the dimension of sound in Chinese poetry.This book is the definitive critical edition of Fenollosa's important work. After a substantial Introduction, the text as edited by Pound is presented, together with his notes and plates. At the heart of the edition is the first full publication of the essay as Fenollosa wrote it, accompanied by the many diagrams, characters, and notes Fenollosa (and Pound) scrawled on the verso pages. Pound's deletions, insertions, and alterations to Fenollosa's sometimes ornate prose are meticulously captured, enabling readers to follow the quasi-dialogue between Fenollosa and his posthumous editor. Earlier drafts and related talks reveal the developmentof Fenollosa's ideas about culture, poetry, and translation. Copious multilingual annotation is an important feature of the edition.This masterfully edited book will be an essential resource for scholars and poets and a starting point for a renewed discussion of the multiple sources of American modernist poetry.
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