Stephen Mallarmé

Stephen Mallarme ‘all words must efface themselves before sensations’

Beyond Reading

‘The pure work implies the elocutory disappearance of the poet, who abandons the initiative to words mobilised by the shock of their inequality; they light one another up with mutual reflections like a virtual trail of fire upon precious stones reflecting the breathing perceptible in the old lyrical blast of the enthusiastic personal direction of the phrase.’

the unit of the work cannot be the sentence, or the phrase, or the line

the linear syntax causes

the line, the phrase, the sentence

to be systematic, sequential

the unit of the work is the


Text reproduced from Some forms of availability, Critical passages on The Book by Simon Coutts:pp 160-173. Quotations from Crise de Vers 1888-96

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