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Mallarmé at Play

The paper deals with devices typical for the oeuvre of the French poet Stéphane Mallarmé. He belonged to that category of authors for whom the quest for a new poetic language was almost more vital than their own creations. As a result, his poetic texts present a certain structure wherein all elements, words, symbols and rhythms, serve a single purpose, i.e. to embody an absolute text, which goes to prove the everlasting beauty of Poetry. Mallarmé’s new approach to the nature of words has largely presaged the discoveries of 20th-century modernist poets.