First published in 1982, this book provides a descriptive and comparative study of some of the fundamental structural aspects of modernist poetic writing in English, French and German in the first decades of the twentieth century. The work concerns itself primarily with basic structural elements and techniques and the assumptions that underlie and determine the modernist mode of poetic writing. Particular attention is paid to the theories developed by authors and to the essential ‘principles of construction’ that shape the structure of their poetry. Considering the work of a number of modernist poets, Theo Hermans argues that the various widely divergent forms and manifestations of modernistic poetry writing can only be properly understood as part of one general trend.
Table of Contents
Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Mallarmé’s Language: Transposition, Structure 2. Apollinaire’s Perspectives 3. Ezra Pound: Image, Vortex, Ideogram 4. Max Jacob: Style, Situation 5. Pierre Reverdy: The Poem as Object 6. Georg Trakl: Existential Conception and Semantic Ambience; Conclusion; Notes; References; Index