By Paul Claudel
Rédigés durant les missions diplomatiques de Paul Claudel en Chine, entre 1895 et 1905, les poèmes en prose de Connaissance de l’Est témoigne de sa recherche stylistique et de los angeles démarche spirituelle et poétique, qui sera théorisée de manière presque contemporaine dans l’Art Poétique, écrit entre 1903 et 1905.
A travers ces poèmes en prose, l’auteur fait « connaissance » avec l’Est où il se trouve, et décrit los angeles tradition chinoise pour se l’approprier : jardins, théâtre, idéogrammes, arbres, animaux, paysages… Chaque être ou spectacle contemplés est déchiffré comme un signe par le voyageur ébloui qui relie son lifestyles à celle du monde.
Par le mouvement, de los angeles marche à pied ou de l’embarcation fluviale, l’action est toute entière contemplation. Ainsi, chaque élément signifie au-delà de son caractère anecdotique pour faire de Connaissance de l’Est une œuvre charnière dans los angeles poésie du XXe siècle, un passage entre le vers absolu de Mallarmé et los angeles modernité fulgurante de Michaux.
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It was to be (the screenplay, not the murder) “a Whiteface, during the Zoot Suit Riots, with wattage and whatnot, giving free Rain to the tremordrummed, Simulcast, horizontal & yet segregrated City of Angles. ” he writes in a letter to his deceased mother, discovered by the author in the dead letters office in Colorado Springs, quite by mistake. But if you visit Room at The Outside Inn, perhaps with one of the young ladies from Crazy Girls, you’ll find a framed, ancient section of peeling, onion-colored wallpaper, on which the following appears: The lights go out in a bar.