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Paradoxy of Modernism$
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Robert Scholes

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108200

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108200.001.0001

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Poetry and Rhetoric in the Modernist Montage

Poetry and Rhetoric in the Modernist Montage

(p.95) 3 Poetry and Rhetoric in the Modernist Montage
Paradoxy of Modernism

Robert Scholes

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the distinction between poetry and rhetoric. The analysis begins with Sergei Eisenstein, the Russian filmmaker who gave the word “montage” a series of special meanings, and these meanings have given the word a permanent currency in discussions not only of film but of modernism in all the arts, and perhaps of modernity itself. The chapter explores these meanings, looking, in particular, at the way they intersect the Modernist opposition between poetry and rhetoric in the verbal arts.

Keywords:   poetry, rhetoric, montage, Sergei Einstein, modernism

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