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Name: Francis Ponge  
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Date of Birth: 27th March 1899
Place of Birth: Montpellier, France
Profession: Writer
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Francis Ponge (1899 - 1988) was a French essayist and poet, and in many ways he combined the two--essay and poem--into a single artform.


In his most famous work, Le parti pris des choses (Often translated The Voice of Things), he meticulously described common things such as oranges, potatoes or cigarettes in a poetic voice, but with a personal style and paragraph form (prose poem) much like an essay. These poems owe much to the work of the French Renaissance poet Remy Belleau. Ponge avoided appeals to emotion and symbolism, and instead sought to minutely recreate the world of experience of everyday objects. His work is often associated with the philosophy of Phenomenology.

Authors who discuss Ponge

Jacques Derrida, in his essay "Psyche: Inventions of the Other", minutely analyzes Ponge's poem "Fable".

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