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Francis Ponge was born in Montpellier, France in The unconscious passes into the object and returns. He addressed himself to the common reader in the hope of persuading us that poetry is not merely a preoccupation of the idle and overeducated.

When used for washing, the soap becomes sudsy with joyous exuberance; when left alone, it grows hard, dry and cracked. In addition, Ponge makes clear to the reader that their shared experience in the text has been nothing more than a linguistic experience having nothing to do with the object ostensibly being discussed.

Ultimately, the text signifies itself. They develop instead in a seemingly spontaneous manner, following a meandering path to their completion. They contain puns, false starts, repetitions, agendas, recapitulations, syllogistic overtones, a heavy ideological content, and other features that one normally associates with prose—and the prose of argumentation at that—rather than with poetry.

He suffered from frequent bouts with nervous exhaustion and numerous psychosomatic illnesses. He continued to write up until his death on August 6, , and the work he was involved with at the time was published posthumously in Contributor of poems and essays to literary journals.

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Francis Ponge

Le parti pris des choses is a collection of 32 short to medium-length prose poems by French poet and essayist Francis Ponge first published in see in poetry. The title is often translated into English as The Voice of Things , The Way Things Are , or The Nature of Things perhaps to echo Lucretius , though the book's philosophical underpinnings are more often associated with phenomenology. Francis Ponge was born in in Montpellier , France. He started writing at a relatively young age, gaining notice even in the early s. Like many French writers of his time, he was also politically associated, joining the ranks of the Socialist Party in As a writer, he joined the Surrealist movement for a short time during the s; this also had political ramifications, influencing him to join the Communist Party. However, his most notable works were to come later in his life.


ISBN 13: 9780873760805

Translated from the French by Lee Fahnestock. First published in and considered the keystone of Francis Ponge's work, Le parti pris de choses appears here in its entirety. It reveals his preoccupation with nature and its metaphoric transformation through the creative ambiguity of language. This letter was received from Barbara Wright:The following is the text of a letter from award-winning translator Barbara Wright on Lee Fahnestock's translations of the poetry of Francis Ponge. My immediate reaction was: Lee Fahnestock must certainly be "Ponge's voice in English". Several rereadings, and a comparison with the French originals, confirmed this opinion.


The Nature of Things

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