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Cataclysmes poètiques: Du poète maudit aux poètes déchéants. Rimbaud, Cocteau, Vian


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Arthur Rimbaud had an undeniable influence on authors with similarly brilliant and difficult careers, as well as a lasting impact on French youth. Based on Paul Verlaine's definition of Rimbaud as a "cursed" poet, my research analyzes the influence of Symbolists and Decadents on the works of new poets who emerged after the Rimbaldian Revolution, principally Boris Vian and Jean Cocteau, both considered geniuses and both often misunderstood. These three poets perfectly embody the definition of "déchéance." This artistic movement is more like a psychological and physical experiment that the poet is willing to inflict on his own body and soul in order to discover the "Unknown" and to attain poetic glory and immortality in Death. The "déchéants" poets, in the process of falling from impassioned optimism, agree on destroying the clichés of traditional poetry and rejection of the Parnassian icons. The old muses are cast aside to embrace new subject matters that are more pertinent for their social or political issues, such as government, war, and religion. To deliver their message, they will also have to invent a new way of communicating, more appropriate to their new ideas: new uses of common vocabulary, adaptations of French words, and creative linguistic inventions. Thanks to these new tools, the "déchéants" advance the limits of the poetic world and create new boundaries. From bridges to mirrors, they offer an extraordinary gateway between parallel universes, between reality and fiction.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Literature;
Romance literature
Classification
0298: Literature
0313: Romance literature
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics; Arthur Rimbaud; Boris Vian; Cocteau, Jean; Decandents; France; Jean Cocteau; Rimbaud, Arthur; Symbolists; Vian, Boris
Title
Cataclysmes poètiques: Du poète maudit aux poètes déchéants. Rimbaud, Cocteau, Vian
Author
Nicolas, Candice
Number of pages
301
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0168
Source
DAI-A 67/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542728075
Advisor
Minahen, Charles D.
University/institution
The Ohio State University
University location
United States -- Ohio
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
French
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3220991
ProQuest document ID
305302492
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305302492
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