Philippe Jaccottet’s self-conscious yet expansive œuvre, consisting of poetry, reflective prose, critical essays, journal entries and translations from several languages, has made him one of the late twentieth century’s most cherished literary figures, admired for his modesty, finesse, acute sensitivity to poetic experience and ability to bridge traditions as a Swiss writer living in France. Whether walking through favorite landscapes, meditating on poetic speech or studying his contemporaries, he brings an intense scrupulousness to all he does and weds it to a purity and fluidity of style, weighing words carefully and often discussing with the reader his descriptive choices. A poet of place and presence like Yves Bonnefoy, Jacques Dupin, André du Bouchet and Jacques Réda, he…

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Citation: Prevots, Aaron. "Philippe Jaccottet". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 July 2010 [, accessed 30 May 2024.]

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