La poésie néo-classique en France et en Angleterre : entre continuations et contradictions

Abstract : The present article aims at questioning the notion of Neoclassicism: to what extent is it different from post-classicism and how does it renew the Western canon by an original reshaping of the Ancient model? Neoclassical poetry in France and England is the main object of this study because of its specific relationship with the classics. The classics are indeed set within a new political and cultural framework which nonetheless provides for compliance with the rules of classical poetry, such as those formulated by French poet Boileau in his Art poétique, an authoritative work in France as in England. Neoclassical poetry has an ambiguous relationship with the past, as it is torn between the project of perpetuating the canon and the thirst for novelty: a design which is not contradictory, but harmonized through the ideas of the Enlightenment and a very rich historical period. Paradoxically enough, neoclassical poetry may represent in tormented Europe both a token of stability and the upcoming advent of great changes, which will begin with pre-romanticism.
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Caroline Dauphin. La poésie néo-classique en France et en Angleterre : entre continuations et contradictions. Comparatismes en Sorbonne, Centre de Recherche en Littérature Comparée (EA 4510), Université Paris-Sorbonne, 2013, (Dé)construire le canon, 4-2013, ⟨http://www.crlc.paris-sorbonne.fr/FR/Page_revue_num.php?P1=4⟩. ⟨halshs-01457037⟩

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