For another modernity: Francis Ponge and the displacements of tradition

Abstract

This article seeks to examine the vision of modernity staged in Francis Ponge’s poetic project. taking into account some of the literary and cultural models present in the French tradition. It is thus an attempt to understand how the poet problematizes the idea we have of poetry by escaping from the dichotomies that would characterize the definitions of modernity in opposition to a certain past. To this end, we aim to examine the articulation between Ponge’s “drafts” - which form part of his books Comment une figue de parole et pourquoi and La Table - and the development of a gaze fixed on matter in the era of the appearance of anatomy from the sixteenth century onwards. Such an approach also enables a dialogue with the concept of serendipity, whose indicium paradigm points to language as a set of pointers to be followed.

Keywords:
Francis Ponge; modern poetry; serendipity; anatomy

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