Cubism in Pierre Reverdy Poems

Cubismin Pierre Reverdy Poems

Cubismis an artistic style which allows the artist or author to use simplegeometric shapes to represent natural and realistic forms. Inliterature and poetry, cubism is the style used by the author topresent information in multiple broken facets of information oritems. In poetry, the author presents his information from afragmentation of facts to a combination of the whole piece ofinformation. Among other artists that have embraced cubism in theirwork is Pierre Reverdy, a poet of the early twentieth Century. Twoof his poems “Still life portrait” and “The sound of a bell”illustrate a consistent use of cubism in the structure and content ofthe lines used.

In“Still life portrait,” the author uses words that describe asituation using a painting. He describes a situation of stillness andsilence that existed like a painting. It is a common style by cubiststo use descriptions that invoke the imagination of two-dimensionalobjects or an arrangement of objects. In this case, the poet uses apainting to describe the stillness or the silence of the situation.He further describes the situation as inactive as a hairless head.This describes how still the situation was as still as the coma thatwould be noticed, even in alert eyes. This is the cubist style ofdescribing a singular situation using two fragmentations of items.

Througha cubic manner, the poet further describes the stillness of thesituation. The poet tries to compare it with a two-dimensionalexistence. He describes it as a flattening of a three-dimensionalnose of a person to a two-dimensional picture or painting of aforehead. According to the poet, this is the stillness that leads tothe hearing of his heartbeat, which is normally a relatively silentnatural phenomenon. However, because of the stillness of thesituation, the poet is able to hear his heartbeat like the beat of analarm clock. The silence leads to observation of his head to beconspicuous in a manner that smokes in the mirror.

Inthe poem “The sound of a bell,” the author describes the silencein a manner that illustrates an expert use of cubism to describe thesilence. According to the author, the trees shiver to the passingwind as everything goes silent. However, in the silence, the poetnotes that the wind is singing. This is a description of the eventsand items in a cubic manner that takes the fragmented description todescribe one whole thing. The poet further describes the situation bydescribing another element of animals dead with no one to look out atthe situation. This brings another description that relates to thesilence in another level of fragmentation as element of cubism.

Todescribe the situation of the sounding of a bell, the poet uses acharacteristic cubic style of comparing two eventualities thestopping of stars to shine and stopping of the planets to turn. Thisis to describe the inactivity of the moment as well as theeventuality of the situation created by the silence. The descriptionof the hair being blown away by the wind is also a cubic style ofcreating an imaginative sense of silence and inactivity. Through thedescription of simultaneous events, the author achieves to use cubismas a way of describing the situation to the reader.