René-Emile Char: René Char's poetic oeuvre (5733 words)


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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 considerable writings of Recherche de la base …

Citation: Bishop, Michael. "René Char's poetic oeuvre". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 February 2014 [, accessed 16 April 2021.]

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