André du Bouchet is recognised as one of the most important poets writing in French in the second half of the twentieth century. He is among those who interrogate ways of expressing the natural and elemental world in an era when the image-making of the Surrealists was rejected, and the philosophical role played by poets was being questioned. Nevertheless, his pared-down style, with its precision in placing words and gaps and in selecting parts of speech, distinguishes his writing from that of his contemporaries. From his earliest publications in the 1940s, through to posthumously-published work, he wrote poetry, poetic prose and essays, and engaged with the work of poets and artists whom he admired.

Du Bouchet was born in 1924 in Paris, and was brought up there and subsequently in Dreux,

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Citation: Wagstaff, Emma. "André du Bouchet". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 July 2013 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13265, accessed 22 April 2024.]

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