The Parnassian Movement Parnassians And Epic Form - Essay

Parnassians And Epic Form

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Herbert J. Hunt (essay date 1941)

SOURCE: "The General Contribution of Le Parnasse," in The Epic in Nineteenth-Century France: A Study in Heroic and Humanitarian Poetry from Les Martyrs to Les Siècles Morts, Basil Blackwell, 1941, pp. 367-401.

[In the following excerpt, Hunt details the contributions of several Parnassian poets to the development of the epic form in nineteenth-century French literature.]

There are few indeed among both greater and lesser Parnassians who did not at some time or other try their hand at pastiche epic. In fact, we might reasonably call it the characteristic form of a large group of poets whose set purpose...

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