Publisher description for Forged genealogies : Saint-John Perse's conversations with culture / by Carol Rigolot.


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Counter According to Carol Rigolot, reading the work of Nobel Prize-winning poet Saint-John Perse (1887-1975) is not unlike eavesdropping on a telephone conversation in which only one side is audible. His poems are antiphonal, and even polyphonic, works where interlocutors are almost always reduced to anonymity. In this book, Rigolot analyzes the poet's multiple strategies of dialogue, capturing his conversations with a surprising range of people--from biblical figures and ancient Greek and Roman authors to artists as diverse as Dante and Shakespeare, Chateaubriand and Hugo, Audubon, Whitman, Poe, Baudelaire, Verne, Mallarmé, Gaughin, Rimbaud, Loti, Claudel, Valéry, Segalen, and Braque.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Saint-John Perse, 1887-1975 Themes, motives