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What Forms Can DoThe Work of Form in 20th- and 21st- Century French Literature and Thought$
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Patrick Crowley and Shirley Jordan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620658

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620658.001.0001

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Going on, or Achieving Interruption

Going on, or Achieving Interruption

Jacques Roubaud’s Quelque chose noir

(p.81) Chapter Five Going on, or Achieving Interruption
What Forms Can Do

Mairéad Hanrahan

Liverpool University Press

This reading of Jacques Roubaud’s Quelque chose noir explores how poetry helps the poet to grieve for his young wife and enables him to go on. The issue for him is how to begin living again, how to put an end to the deathly paralysis that immobilised him following her death. Analysis of the relationship to time in the poems shows that Roubaud is concerned not just to render the passing of time but to make time pass. Particular attention is paid to the structural anomaly of the four poems in the collection that do not have nine verses and the use of hyperbaton in order to argue that Roubaud’s concern is to interrupt the stillness, so that the ending of his wife’s life will not be the final ending.  

Keywords:   Jacques Roubaud, Quelque chose noir, Poetry, Interruption, Time, Ending, Hyperbaton

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