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Introduction VOLUME I. SYNTHÈSES ET RELAIS: MAPPING CONFLUENCES AND MIGRATIONS IN POETIC PRACTICE Michael G. Kelly and Nina Parish "On ne nous a pas attendu et chacun sait que la poésie s'accommode fort bien des opinions vagues ou contradictoires que l'on nourrit à son sujet."1 Writing on the cusp of the time-frame under consideration here, Jean Paulhan was entertainingly caustic on the potential pitfalls of any attempted synoptic discourse on poetry. Yet the enduring ability of the "poetic" to function as a legitimising term is, arguably, a key to the ineradicable and essential plurality of the hypothetical object it denotes. The tendency of poetic works to accommodate and absorb differing theoretical and critical projections can appear problematic, but it highlights two important features of practice as it is encountered in those works: firstly, the way in which poetic practice seems to nurture and invite reflective responses from those engaged by and in it; secondly, the ability of practice to remain in excess of the particular readings it inspires, while deriving legitimacy and even sustenance from them. These features allow the poetic field to be seen as constituted to some extent dialogically, both between writers and their readers, and between http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png French Forum University of Nebraska Press

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VOLUME I. SYNTHÈSES ET RELAIS: MAPPING CONFLUENCES AND MIGRATIONS IN POETIC PRACTICE Michael G. Kelly and Nina Parish "On ne nous a pas attendu et chacun sait que la poésie s'accommode fort bien des opinions vagues ou contradictoires que l'on nourrit à son sujet."1 Writing on the cusp of the time-frame under consideration here, Jean Paulhan was entertainingly caustic on the potential pitfalls of any attempted synoptic discourse on poetry. Yet the enduring ability of the "poetic" to function as a legitimising term is, arguably, a key to the ineradicable and essential plurality of the hypothetical object it denotes. The tendency of poetic works to accommodate and absorb differing theoretical and critical projections can appear problematic, but it highlights two important features of practice as it is encountered in those works: firstly, the way in which poetic practice seems to nurture and invite reflective responses from those engaged by and in it; secondly, the ability of practice to remain in excess of the particular readings it inspires, while deriving legitimacy and even sustenance from them. These features allow the poetic field to be seen as constituted to some extent dialogically, both between writers and their readers, and between

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French ForumUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Oct 24, 2012

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