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Le nombre dans le verset de Tête d'Or de Paul Claudel

Abstract : Paul Claudel refused both the French traditional metrics as well as the Number which usually organizes each verse, each metrics, but which Claudel considered as a symbol of unbearable positivism. Claudel's poetics revives antic Greek ρυθμός and Cicero's Latin numerus, viewing his verses'rhythm as an organization of metrical feet-improperly called iambus-and a play on sounds, which could typically be found in the Latin concinnitas. This article analyses the conception of Number in Claudel's poetics, the number being similar to the antic conception of rhythm, the Number liberating the poetic rhythm from the formal constraints of versification and building the «verse» typical of Claudel. After defining what iambus embodies for Claudel in Réflexions sur la poésie, a definition which confirms that Claudel uses a modern conception of number and regularity, we will ponder over the concrete expression of Number in Tête d'Or through some examples of a rhythmic and a rhetorical analysis.
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Sandrine Bédouret-Larraburu. Le nombre dans le verset de Tête d'Or de Paul Claudel. Questions de style , Presses Universitaires de Caen, 2008. ⟨hal-02063251⟩

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