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La caverne de Maître Jehan ou l’étrange ballet des mots du Mirouer de la mort (1519-1575)

Yves Le Berre 1
1 CRBC Brest - Centre de recherche bretonne et celtique
IBSHS - Institut Brestois des Sciences de l'Homme et de la Société, UBO - Université de Brest
Abstract : In the 3,600 verses of Mirouer de la mort (1519–1575), a poem written in Breton on the subject of preparing for death, the words are arranged in a way that frequently breaks grammatical rules, disorients the reader and makes the text difficult to understand. Since linguistic incompetence can be immediately ruled out (the author demonstrated considerable cultural capital in other areas), this apparent disorder can only have been deliberate. The identification and classification of these ‘infractions’, which contrast with the extremely rigorous application of complex prosodic rules, reveals a skilful (Platonic) interweaving of the divine order of the world and the disorder of humanity and gives the poem a hidden mystical depth.
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Yves Le Berre. La caverne de Maître Jehan ou l’étrange ballet des mots du Mirouer de la mort (1519-1575). La Bretagne Linguistique, Centre de Recherche Bretonne et Celtique, 2018, 22, pp.101-114. ⟨hal-02929733⟩



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