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Poésie et science(s) chez Saint-John Perse

Abstract : In his “Nobel Speech”, Saint-John Perse specifies that, for the scientist as well as the poet, “the questioning is the same on the same abyss, with only their investigative modes differing”. This statement prompted a more thorough analysis of the influence on Saint-John Perse’s poetry of both scientific knowledge and Henri Bergson’s philosophy, especially as the writer, further in his text, explicitly refers to Einstein and quantum physics. In his La structure poétique du monde : Copernic, Kepler, Fernand Hallyn emphasizes that ”poetics attend to the genesis of a hypothesis as a global phenomenon, which goes far beyond any established framework and develops along its own scheme - the result, undoubtedly, of logical and other determination and conditioning, but also a unique configuration, an original synthesis which, as a whole, requires a sui generis study of its structuring and the interaction of the elements framing and informing it”. In Les structures rhétoriques de la science de Kepler à Maxwell, he adds that “poetics must not totally be excluded from science: rather, the latter is endowed with its own poetics following specific rules and values.” In other words, there is interaction between poetic truth and scientific truth, with the “investigative modes” (Saint-John Perse) of the two differing, yet the object of the quest remaining the same. Hence arose the analysis of how the influences of Bergsonism, along with scientific knowledge, nourish the works of Saint-John Perse, which claim a cosmic perspective
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Laurent Fels. Poésie et science(s) chez Saint-John Perse. Littératures. Université de Lorraine, 2014. Français. ⟨NNT : 2014LORR0221⟩. ⟨tel-01751206⟩



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