The prose poem: a short history, a brief reflection and a dose of the real thing
Source TitleText: Journal of writing and writing courses
PublisherAustralasian Association of Writing Programs
University of Melbourne Author/sBrophy, Kevin
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsBROPHY, K. J. (2002). The prose poem: a short history, a brief reflection and a dose of the real thing. Text: Journal of writing and writing courses, 6 (1), pp.1-6
Access StatusOpen Access
C1 - Journal Articles Refereed
The prose poem arrived as a new self-proclaimed literary form in France, through Charles Baudelaire with his 1861 collection, Petits poèmes en prose. In a preface to one of these small poems he acknowledged Aloysius Bertrand’s Gaspard de la Nuit (1842) as his model. The next generation of French poets, including Mallarmé, Rimbaud and Lautréamont, took up this new form in a spirit of revolt and freedom from the constraining traditions of French verse. Richard Terdiman has written that ‘at just the historical moment when the term “prosaic” was mutating into a pejorative, the prose poem sought to reevaluate the expressive possibilities, and the social functionality, of prose itself’ (Terdiman 261).
KeywordsLiterature Studies not elsewhere classified; The Creative Arts
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