Naming and Not Naming: Tennyson and Mallarme. - Victorian Poetry

Naming and Not Naming: Tennyson and Mallarme.

By Victorian Poetry

  • Release Date - Published: 2005-03-22
  • Book Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Author: Victorian Poetry
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AS THE AUTHOR OF "IN THE NAME OF THE AUTHOR" PUTS IT IN THE FINAL commentary on a recent group of articles on anonymity, "The question What matters who's speaking? cannot of course be answered by the author himself (as Barthes reminds us), nor by the writer's own contemporaries (as Foucault reminds us), nor by literary theory (as we ought to remind ourselves). Questions of meaning and value can be answered only provisionally, each time a text is read by close readers like you and me." "Still," he maintains, "when we read a text that really matters, it will matter who's speaking." (1) We think so too. In our case, who is speaking an English poem and the name behind it and who is translating them into another language, French. "Lord[s] of the senses five" ("The Palace of Art," 1. 180), but especially the sense of sound, Alfred Tennyson early in life pondered the mystery of his name's sound, and Stephane Mallarme, the elliptical suggestor, found the epitome of the admired English poet's meaning in the reverberation of that sound through posterity. We thus explore, at the center of Symbolist links between the two major poets, the problem of what and who is named, what and who is not, and what is actually suppressed: sonorous naming, then, and refusing to name, in the name of poetry itself.

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