Modern French Poetry
Dublin City University
Area of Study
French, French Culture, Poetry
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3
Hours & Credits
The course introduces French poetry of the modern era, starting with the close study of a number of verse and prose poems by Charles Baudelaire. Consideration will also be given to the works of poets such as Rimbaud, Verlaine and Laforgue, with a particular focus on the formal investigations and experimentation which characterise verse from this period. Other axes of investigation include: theories of aesthetics and poetics such as voyance and synesthésie, the role of the poet in society and the evolution of vers libre. The course lays the foundations for an informed study of early 20th-century and contemporary poetry.
1. discuss the development of French poetry in the 19th century, based on the close reading of set poems and associated critical literature;
2. analyse subversion and innovation in relation to verse and to poetic fixed forms, e.g. the sonnet;
3. situate the set texts within their relevant social, literary and aesthetic contexts;
4. examine prose-verse relationships in set poetic works.