Synopses & Reviews
This study of four major poets - Mallarmé, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and Hölderlin - examines the self-reflexivity of modern poetry, exploring questions concerning what it means for a poem to be 'about' its own process of saying. What does it mean to read and understand a text that is focused not on its content but on its saying? What kind of relation does a writer have to the language used in a text? How are we to think about the relation of content to the saying?
lderlin - examines the self-reflexivity of modern poetry.
Table of Contents
Foreword; 1. Mallarmé; 2. Baudelaire: imagination and memory; a renunciation of understanding; 3. Rimbaud; 4. Hölderlin: Hölderlin and Rousseau: the sacred and the word; A note on translations in the English edition; Works cited.