An Anatomy of Poesis

The Prose Poems of Stéphane Mallarmé

An Anatomy of Poesis

268 pp., 6 x 9, appends., notes

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-9167-4
    Published: January 1976

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Distributed for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Romance Studies

A close reading, with text and translation, of each of the thirteen prose poems which Mallarmé published during his life and grouped together in 1897 as the “Anecdotes ou Poèmes” of Divagations. The analysis, the first full interpretation of these poems, demonstrates that they should be considered a unified cycle, centering about the themes of the poet’s creative process and his relationship to society.