"The poetic act ..." Quote of Stéphane Mallarmé

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The poetic act consists of suddenly seeing that an idea splits up into a number of equal motifs and of grouping them; they rhyme.

Stéphane Mallarmé
Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), French Symbolist poet. repr. In Mallarmé: The Poems, ed. and trans. by Keith Bosley (1977). Variations sur un sujet, "Crise de Vers," La Revue Blanche (Paris, September 1895).