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Cent mille milliards de poèmes

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Selon les mots mêmes Queneau dans sa préface, « Ce petit ouvrage permet à tout un chacun de composer à volonté cent mille milliards de sonnets, tous réguliers bien entendu. C’est somme toute une sorte de machine à fabriquer des poèmes, mais en nombre limité ; il est vrai que ce nombre, quoique limité, fournit de la lecture pour près de deux cents millions d’années (en lisa ...more
Hardcover, 38 pages
Published 2006 by Gallimard (first published July 7th 1961)
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MJ Nicholls
Technically I could be “sampling” the poems on this combinatorial generator for another two hundred million years. If the GR master server is still working in the year 200,002,012, I would like to make a few apologies on behalf of us, The Agents of the Amockalypse.

The texts that put such a strain on the GR server and led to the nature of your present reality—A Game of Thrones and Fifty Shades of Grey—originated in our time. Over the years, these sacred bestsellers acquired so many readers who wo
Anthony Vacca
My very own poem! (Composed using Queneau's prompt of ten pages with 14 lines that can be arranged to form 100,000,000,000,000 grammatically correct sonnets. This experiment brought about Oulipo (a catchy abbreviation of "Workshop for Potential Literature" (obviously the letters are different in French)), a super-group of mathematically minded writers who went buck-wild pushing the boundaries of what can be considered a poem, a short story, an essay, a novel, a memoir, and so on and so on. If yo ...more
Este atât de frumoasă O sută de mii de miliarde de poeme! Și nu frumoasă în sensul în care vorbim de obicei despre cărți, ci frumoasă atât ca obiect, o carte dintre cele mai inedite, cât și ca idee, de carte aproape infinită, pe care o poți citi iar și iar, schimbând combinațiile versurilor, amintindu-ne mereu că literatura ne scapă printre degete.

Prima dată am văzut-o în facultate, când doamna profesoară Antoaneta Tănăsescu a adus-o la un curs, să ne arate ce înseamnă ineditul. Am fost uimiți –
Impossibile affermare di aver finito di leggere questo romanzo: sono centomila miliardi di combinazioni diverse che contribuiscono alla creazione di infiniti sonetti. Un esperimento di scrittura combinatoria entusiasmante e unico davvero! Da tenere sul comodino e sfogliare, di tanto in tanto, per scoprire una nuova combinazione.

It is impossible for me to say that I actually finished reading this book: there are One Hundred Thousand Billion different combinations which contribute in creating infi
'100,000,000,000,000 Sonnets' is a nice online version of Raymond Queneau's 'Cent Mille Milliards de Poèmes' ('Hundred Thousand Billion Poems'). Composed of fourteen sets of ten lines, where each line can be combined with thirteen from the other sets, the work contains a total of 1014, or one hundred thousand billion possible sonnets. Each of these follows the same rhyme scheme and uses the same rhyme sounds - a feat which compensates for the apparent nonsensical nature of the sonnets.

Vladuţţ Ke
May 29, 2014 Vladuţţ Ke added it
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Hopefully one day I get to his number. Brilliant
I was given this book by my wife as a present over the holidays. We found it in an incredible Left Bank book shop in Paris. The price was hefty, but she knew that I'd regret the rest of my living days if I passed it up. I love her for getting this for me, and I adore the book, too.
It is really strange to consider this book "read" having in view that zou cannot ever read it.
Jonas Dornelles
Only read the linear poems, and some alternated rimes. Fabulous. If you read this 24 hours per day you it would take like 200,000,000 years to read them all. Eternal wheels of poetry craft. Raymond Queneau, satrape maître!
Brian R. Mcdonald
Jul 31, 2012 Brian R. Mcdonald marked it as to-read
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Does anyone other than myself find it odd that the Polish translation is listed under "other editions" but the English translation is not listed either as another edition or as a separate book?
generative poetry, my ass! this analogue version beats the crap out of all contemporary digital ventures within this field. plus, i love the humour...
Queneau, vous etes un douchebag, mais je vous coeur.
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Queneau was born in Le Havre in 1903 and went to Paris when he was 17. For some time he joined André Breton's Surrealist group, but after only a brief stint he dissociated himself. Now, seeing Queneau's work in retrospect, it seems inevitable. The Surrealists tried to achieve a sort of pure expression from the unconscious, without mediation of the author's self-aware "persona." Queneau's texts, on ...more
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