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La défense de l’identité provençale dans I’oeuvre de Frédéric Mistral (seconde partie)

R. Pach
Literator | Vol 9, No 1 | a841 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v9i1.841 | © 1988 R. Pach | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 May 1988 | Published: 07 May 1988

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R. Pach,, South Africa

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The Provençale poet Frédéric Mistral (1830-1914) is remembered for his attempt at revitalizing the Proven?al language. He was one of the main founders of the literary academy named Félibrige, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1904. Although his poetical works have been extensively studied, the political inspiration which pervades a great part of his writings has not so far received the attention it deserves. This article, the first part of which appeared in the previous issue of Literator (vol. 8, no. 3), shows how profoundly Mistral was influenced by the ideal of independence and liberty which was a distinctive feature of the European XIXth century, and how his patriotic enthusiasm is reflected in his poetry.

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