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The Henri Meschonnic ReaderA Poetics of Society$
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Henri Meschonnic and Marko Pajevic

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474445962

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474445962.001.0001

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Poetry and Poem

Poetry and Poem

(p.165) Part 2 Poetry and Poem
The Henri Meschonnic Reader
Marko Pajević, Pier-Pascale Boulanger, Andrew Eastman, John E. Joseph, David Nowell Smith, Marko Pajević, Chantal Wright
Edinburgh University Press

This section consists of one relatively short text, which takes the form of a manifesto: ‘the Rhythm Party Manifesto’. It is a chapter of the book with the ironic title Célébration de la poésie (Lagrasse: Verdier, 2001) which is a reflection on what a poem is and does. But as every reflexion, it is situated. Meschonnic attacks his contemporary French intellectual scene and its representation of poetry – what he considers not only a use and abuse of poetry, but also a misunderstanding based on a wrong conception of language. Meschonnic explains here his definition of the poem as opposed to a fixed idea about poetry. Meschonnic insists on the uniqueness and unforeseeability of a poem. As soon as we believe we know what poetry is, there cannot be poetry anymore. Consequently, by celebrating it, we have preconceived ideas and miss what makes a poem a poem.

Keywords:   Rhythm, manifesto, poetry, poem, transformation, subject

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