The Parnassian Movement Parnassianism And Positivism - Essay

Parnassianism And Positivism

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

D. G. Charlton (essay date 1957)

SOURCE: "Positivism and Leconte de Lisle's Ideas on Poetry," in French Studies, Vol. II, No. 3, July, 1957, pp. 246-59.

[In the following excerpt, Charlton discusses the Parnassian movement in relation to positivism, asserting that the connection is weaker than commonly thought.]

It has been frequently alleged, especially in comparisons with the Symbolists, that the Parnassian poets are Positivistic in their attitude to life and poetry.1 Van Tieghem, for example, comments: 'Ceque les purs artistes de 1830-35 refusèrent aux Saint-Simoniens, les poètes de 1850-60 l'accordèrent au positivisme', whilst...

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