Eliot, "Reflections on Vers Libre
," in To Criticize the Critic (London: Faber & Faber, 1978), 183-189.
When, as in his most recent book What, Silliman breaks up his paragraphs into lines of vers libre
, little of the usual effects are lost, which makes me question the effectiveness of employing paragraphs as a means of ordering "new sentences" into a rhythmical pattern.
Kahn explained his theory of vers libre
in the preface to his Premiers poemes (1897), a collection that included the earlier volumes Les Palais nomades (1887; "The Wandering Palaces"), Chansons d'amant (1891; "A Lover's Songs"), and Domaine de fee (1895; "Fairy World").
French Symbolist poet, a master of lyrical irony and one of the first advocates of vers libre
Evans moves on to the internal fictional ideal after 1866, and explores Mallarme's problematizing of the tension between impersonality and individuality in the vers libre
Imagism, impressionism, and vers libre
were expounded in its pages.
published the bilingual Selected Poems in 1987, and in Day Has No Equal But Night he offers fluent, readable, and usually literal translations that also emulate the form of the original vers libre
Future appraisals of Krysinska's contested contribution to the advent of vers libre
will have to reckon with the strong case that this volume makes for including her work in French poetic history.
In their efforts to escape rigid metrical patterns and to achieve freer poetic rhythms, many Symbolist poets resorted to the composition of prose poems and the use of vers libre
("free verse"), which has now become a fundamental form of contemporary poetry.
All but two chapters are written in a flexible, rhythmic prose poetry: the exceptions, written in vers libre
, are the central chapter, "Le grand pavois," and the end of the following "Adresse au nageur," where a sudden change to vers libre
introduces the shift to a female addressee who is also present throughout the volume as mortal woman, Muse, and another avatar of the blue.
mirabilis" during which vers libre
emerges, but notably the critic
In vers libre
, the basic metrical unit is the phrase rather than a line of a fixed number of syllables, as was traditional in French versification since the Middle Ages.