To the memory of James Lawler

The poetical work of René Char traces out a vast, persistent, consciously obsessive movement from the early surrealist modes of Arsenal (1929) and Artine (1930), L’action de la justice estéteinte (1931) and Dehors la nuitestgouvernée (1938), through the poetical war “leaflets” and “diaries” of the most celebrated of his collections, Fureur et mystère (1948); then the poetry of the middle period of his emotionally shifting yet intensely focussed oeuvre, in the volumes Les Matinaux (1950), La Parole en archipel (1962) and Le Nu perdu (1971), past the …

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Bishop, Michael. "René Char's poetic oeuvre". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 February 2014; last revised .
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