In his 1957 La Promenade sous les arbres we read that Philippe Jaccottet’s principal endeavour in writing this early book centres upon a gesture, of necessity filtered through language’s strongly felt relativities, to “define […] what I must in effect call a poetical experience” (LPSLA, 13). It is an endeavour that will occupy most of his life and is, from the outset, to be understood not as an effort to penetrate the strange power of textual matter, but rather one urging upon him the endless enigma of the impact of the physical world, its trees and flowers and birds, its sky and light and air, and the fused sensual and spiritual stirrings occasioned by such a simultaneously constant and shifting …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Bishop, Michael. "Cahier de verdure". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 August 2014
[, accessed 27 November 2015.]