The Sixth Sense: Individualism in French Poetry, 1686-1760

By Robert Finch

© 1966

It has long been the custom to condemn eighteenth-century French poetry outright as generally unworthy of attention. However, in keeping with a recent change of attitude towards this vast and diverse body of literature, Professor Finch here undertakes to isolate a certain group of poets, belonging to the first half of the century, who may appropriately be called individualistes and who are in various ways characteristic of a definite and important trend of their time. The authors he has chosen were selected from the larger group of individualists because each provides, in addition to his poems, a complete statement of his own conception of poetry and of that conception which is common to the group as a whole. Since the works treated are comparatively unfamiliar the author has considered them from a historical and an analytical as well as a critical point of view. In addition he has devoted three special chapters to a literary historian (Evrard Titon du Tillet) and to three critical theorists (Jean-Baptiste Dubos, Yves-Marie André, and Charles Batteux) whose contemporary writings, while they may or may not have influenced the poets here examined, support, reflect, or confirm their ideas and practice. Texts of these poets are not easily available and the numerous representative quotations from the poems given in this book will be welcomed by the reader.
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Professor Finch here undertakes to isolate a certain group of poets, belonging to the first half of the eighteenth century, who may appropriately be called individualistes and who are in various ways characteristic of a definite and important trend of their time.

The Sixth Sense: Individualism in French Poetry, 1686-1760

By Robert Finch

© 1966

It has long been the custom to condemn eighteenth-century French poetry outright as generally unworthy of attention. However, in keeping with a recent change of attitude towards this vast and diverse body of literature, Professor Finch here undertakes to isolate a certain group of poets, belonging to the first half of the century, who may appropriately be called individualistes and who are in various ways characteristic of a definite and important trend of their time. The authors he has chosen were selected from the larger group of individualists because each provides, in addition to his poems, a complete statement of his own conception of poetry and of that conception which is common to the group as a whole. Since the works treated are comparatively unfamiliar the author has considered them from a historical and an analytical as well as a critical point of view. In addition he has devoted three special chapters to a literary historian (Evrard Titon du Tillet) and to three critical theorists (Jean-Baptiste Dubos, Yves-Marie André, and Charles Batteux) whose contemporary writings, while they may or may not have influenced the poets here examined, support, reflect, or confirm their ideas and practice. Texts of these poets are not easily available and the numerous representative quotations from the poems given in this book will be welcomed by the reader.
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  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 422 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Robert Finch (1900-1995), scholar, poet, painter, musician, and theatrical director, was professor of French in University College, University of Toronto. His poetry won the Governor-General's award twice, in 1946 an 1961. He received the Lorne Pierce medal in 1968. Among his other books are The Sixth Sense: Individualism in French Poetry, 1686-1760, Acis in Oxford (both published by the University of Toronto Press), and Silverthorn Bush (1966).

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