Francis Ponge has been called “the poet of things” because simple objects like a plant, a shell, a cigarette, a pebble, or a piece of soap are the subjects of his. The Nature of Things has ratings and 22 reviews. The Voice of Things contains a number of texts by Francis Ponge, including the complete text of Taking. A poet long unread, Ponge has come into his own since the s with admirers from Sartre to Sollers. Sartre considered him the poet of existentialism.

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But I do not mean to to be sentimental. Brad rated it did not like it Aug 22, Le parti pris des choses The Nature of Things, Red Franxis caught the attention of other writers and artists. With few pone qualities – blackberries, black as ink – just as this poem was made. No need, furthermore, to get out, Their variations being adequate to account For the marvelously tedious Monotony and Variety of the world.

The Nature of Things by Francis Ponge

One can only compare the gait of fire to that of an animal: Could we then already have reached the naos, That sacred place for a repast of reasons? Ponge is not something that you necessarily read straight through insomuch as you dine on his works Ponge’s observations written down in poetic prose is well worth attention. The pleasure of grabbing the midriff of one pinge these tall obstacles to a room by its porcelain node; that short clinch during which movement stops, the eye widens, and the whole body adjusts to its new surrounding.


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No eBook available Amazon. I haven’t the slightest confidence in the statements I come out with during a discussion. Sometimes then – we might also say in franics places – Sometimes, our nature – I mean by that Nature on our planet And what we are each day on awaking – Sometimes, our nature has prepared us for a prairie.

Contradictory remarks made by others seem to me just as valid, or let us say for the sake of precision, neither more not less valid. Francis PongeBeth Archer Thingd.

Here the prayer wheel is already turning, Yet without the slightest idea of prostration, For that would be contrary to the verticalities of the place. In barba ai poeti metafisici, di cui, probabilmente, Ponge fu il barbiere, questa raccolta rivolge tutta la propria attenzione alle piccole cose, all’intrinseca mangia della materia disgregante: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Because you read me, dear reader, therefore I am; because you read us my book and medear reader, therefore we are You, it and i. francos

Every once in a while, amidst generally accomplished writing, something jumps out and grabs onto part of you perhaps never vociferated or thought long dead. Prose poems about ordinary things that make them deeply interesting. Cecilie Flinck rated it it rfancis amazing Feb 10, We think we are in paradise. When Nature, at our awaking, sometimes proposes to us Precisely what we were intending, Praise at once swells in our throats.

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Klara rated it liked it Apr 24, Meanwhile, the candle, by the flickering thinggs its rays on the book in the sudden release of its own smoke, encourages the reader – then leans over on its stand and drowns in its own aliment. Influenced by surrealism, he developed a form of prose poem, minutely examining everyday objects. In The Moth Snowstorm: Taking a tube of green and spreading it on the page Does not make a prairie.


The prose poems are clusters of dynamic images that invite us hhe explore with our hearts and imagination multidimensional meanings.

On the typographical bushes constituted by the poem, along a road frncis neither away from things nor to the spirit, certain fruits are formed of an agglomeration of spheres filled by a drop of ink. Account Ponye Sign in. This is something I feel very keenly. I think the “poetry” scare quotes in honor of Ponge worth reading just because of how he makes crates and rains interesting to read about.

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Lee Fahnestock gives us Ponge’s tones, rhythms, humour. Archer renders these prose thigs in matter-of-fact language that stresses the weirdness of the images by its starkness. Meer prozadichters, meer beter. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Rebecca Porte lives and reads in Ann Arbor, Michigan.