Edited By Irene Maria F. Blayer and Dulce Maria Scott
Chapter Thirteen: The Magnetic North and the Southern Gardens in the Poetry of Cesário Verde
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The Magnetic North AND THE Southern Gardens IN THE Poetry OF Cesário Verde
FROM POETIC PROSAICISM TO THE NOTION OF NARRATIVE SPACE IN CESáRIO VERDE’S POETRY
In literary criticism, the concept of prosaicism is commonly associated with or restricted to lexicality.1 Applying this concept to Cesário Verde’s poetry,2 I claim in another study that the implications of prosaicism in his work are in fact much broader. I tried to demonstrate that prosaicism, beyond lexicality, directly affects other dimensions of Verde’s lyrical discourse. The existence of a fictional plot in Verde’s poems, for instance, in which a fictional voice creates a narrative with fictional characters, is derived from a prosaic consciousness (Higa 28–60). The notion of prosaicism to which I refer implies a typology of apprehension of reality, and a mode of expressing it, that pertains to prose as opposed to verse. Broadly speaking, verse, with its delineated limits, proves to be a more adequate form of discourse to accommodate synthetic thought; prose, in turn, equipped with greater flexibility, more comfortably accommodates analytical thought. In the 19th century, expanding the paths opened in the preceding century, analytical thought and fictional prose combined to consolidate the novel as a literary genre. Endowed with the gigantic task of narrating and analyzing modern man and society, the novel was divided between the aesthetic and the moral, between art and science.3 The...
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