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The Poetics of Adonis and Yves Bonnefoy

By Kareem James Abu-Zeid


This book examines the work of two major poets who wrote in the second half of the twentieth century, Yves Bonnefoy of France and the Syrian-born Adonis (born Ali Ahmed Saïd). In conducting close readings of key moments from their respective poetry, the author illustrates how both of these writers, in their own unique ways, construct poetry as a form of spiritual practice, that is, as a way of transforming both the poet’s and the implied reader’s ontological, perceptual, and creative relationships with their internal and external worlds.

The Poetics of Adonis and Yves Bonnefoy

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    RAIS vol. 12

    xii + 158 pages

    7x10 inches


    978-1-948488-31-0 (hardcover)

    978-1-948488-32-7 (PDF)

    July 2021

  • Table of Contents

    Series Editors’ Preface
    List of Abbreviations

    Introduction: On Mysticism and the Spiritual Path of Poetry 
    1. Spiritual Turbulence: The Early Phase of Bonnefoy’s Poetry
    2. Coming Back to Earth: The Spiritual Practice of Pierre écrite
    3. The Struggle for Arab Culture: On Adonis’s Critical Thought and Poetry
    4. Shaddād’s Reply: The Intertextual Spritual Practice of Aghānī Mihyār al-Dimashqī


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