Francis Ponge has been called “the poet of things” because simple objects like a plant, a shell, a cigarette, a pebble, or a piece of soap are the subjects of his. The Nature of Things has ratings and 22 reviews. The Voice of Things contains a number of texts by Francis Ponge, including the complete text of Taking. A poet long unread, Ponge has come into his own since the s with admirers from Sartre to Sollers. Sartre considered him the poet of existentialism.

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May 31, Keith rated it really liked it. The Nature of Things by Francis Ponge. Fire Fire has a system: And when I say convinced, I mean if not of some truth, then at least of the fragility of my own opinion. My immediate reaction was: I ordered this book after seeing his works featured in the last month’s edition of Poetry Magazine.

The Voice of Things – Francis Ponge – Google Books

Meanwhile, the candle, by the flickering of its rays on the book in the sudden release of its own smoke, encourages ponbe reader – then leans over on its stand and drowns in its own aliment. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Apr 08, Michael A. The poem at the end is poignant as well. Ponge is not something that you necessarily read straight through insomuch as you dine on his works Ponge’s observations written down in poetic prose is well worth attention. Lee Fahnestock’s translation of his first book seems both fluid and graceful.


The Nature of Things

Ponge is not something that you necessarily read straight through voixe as you dine on his works over a period of time. Perhaps since Ponge is averse to being called a poet, we can call these observations. A testament to literary diligence and, like most anthologies thought perhaps more distilledechoes the elations and disappointments, dynamics of sensation, better than any consistent, preconceived narrative ever could. I would sooner he had put that multitude to work on something no larger, or not much larger, than his own body or– which would have been even more commendable– that he had shown himself superior to other men through the quality of his own work.

Rebecca Porte lives and reads in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Published September 1st by Red Dust first published June 15th To ask other readers questions about The Nature of Thingsplease sign pongs. Prose poems about ordinary things that make them deeply interesting. To wind up, he sometimes drops from the rafters like a caterpillar, but bounces back on his feet, and it is then the adulated paragon of human stupidity who salutes you.

I have come back to it often, this book, whose title is variously translated as Things, The Voice of Things or Taking the Side of Thingsnot least because it asks me to.

Alex rated it liked it Jun 21, Why become a sculptor? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Contradictory remarks made by others seem to me just as valid, or let us say for the sake of precision, neither more not less valid.

May 19, P rated it it was amazing. Books by Ot Ponge. For one, it is the enthusiasm incited pknge the presence at his side of a magnificent be-waved stenographer for whom he would not hesitate to commit a thousand similar ponhe follies; for another it is the wish to display a tastef “Creamy, many-layered desserts, boldly erected and served up in footed goblets of some dubious metal, hastily washed and pogne always tepid, allow those diners who select them to display more clearly than by any other token the depth of feeling that inspires them.


Kate rated it it was amazing Nov 11, The prose poems are clusters of dynamic images that invite us to explore with our hearts and imagination multidimensional meanings.

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The Nature of Things – Francis Ponge – Google Books

Reading Ponge’s Soap many years ago turned me into a lifelong fan. He has a very warm, inviting, conversational style and I found his essays to be quite humble – but he is clearly a very intelligent man.

Since this has more to do with a way of being Than with a platter set before our eyes, The word is more fitting than paint Which would not do at all. Open Preview See a Problem?

In this little underbrush half-shade half-sun, Who sets these spokes in our wheels?