The Library of Congress > Linked Data Service > LC Subject Headings (LCSH)


  • URI(s)

  • Instance Of

  • Scheme Membership(s)

  • Collection Membership(s)

  • Variants

    • Fatrasies
    • Fratrasies
    • Resveries
  • Broader Terms

  • Closely Matching Concepts from Other Schemes

  • Sources

    • found: Work cat.: Porter, L.C. La fatrasie et le fatras : essai sur la poésie irrationnelle en France au Moyen Age, 1960.
    • found: Prévert, J. Fatras, 1966.
    • found: Cazelais, C. Joyeuses fratrasies, 1965.
    • found: The Princeton encyc. of poetry and poetics, c2012(Fatras (also called fatrasie, fratrasie, resverie). An irrational and deliberately obscure piece of verse that, originating in the Middle Ages, constituted a mode of licensed regression into unreason, absurdity, and nonsense in which pleasure is taken in the creative and willful defiance of sense that the verse form celebrates. It is generally lively and joyous in style, full of word play, ridiculous associations of ideas, and deliberate nonsense. ... Porter distinguishes between the fratrasie and the fatras, a later development. The former is invariably composed of a single strophe of 11 lines, and its content is always irrational; in the fatras, the opening distich introduces the next 11 lines, serving as their first and last line and imparting a uniform rhythm to the whole poem.)
    • found: Wiktionary, Oct. 22, 2012(fatras m (plural fatras): jumble, hodgepodge; resverie f (plural resveries) - Middle French: daydream; resverie f (oblique plural resveries, nominative singular resverie, nominative plural resveries) - Old French: 1. joy; delight 2. delusion; hallucination)
    • found: Poetry magnum opus website, Oct. 22, 2012(The Fatras, fatrasie, fratrasie, resverie, could be described as the ravings of a happy lunatic. The verse is joyously irrational with no clear direction and yet it has a unique defined structure. Originating in Europe in the Middle Ages it is upbeat, "full of wordplay, ridiculous associations, and intentional nonsense." The Fatras is: 1. a poem in 11 lines. 2. composed in a way that the 1st and last lines form a distich, a poem in 2 lines, that holds the entire theme of the larger poem. This is known as the fatras simple. 3. unmetered. 4. unrhymed. 5. written with clever wordplay and disconnected nonsense which set the tone. The fatras possible allows for some coherent text, the fatras impossible make no sense at all. 6. a fatras double when 2 eleven line stanzas are formed, with the lines of the distich reversed in the 2nd stanza. The last line is a restatement of L1 of the poem)
    • found: Wikipédia [French Wikipedia], Oct. 22, 2012:Fatras (The fatras is a fixed form poem dating from the Middle Ages and that disappeared with the beginning of the Renaissance. The fatras is a poem of "nonsense" in the terminology of English humor. This poem, akin to fatrasie cultivates the absurd and impossible.) Fatrasie (The fatrasie is a literary genre of the Middle Ages (from the thirteenth century to Rabelais)).
    • found: Fatras et fatrasie, via Fatrazie website, Oct. 22, 2012(Fatras and fatrasie belong to the Old French literary vocabulary (perhaps humorous) and designate two formal varieties of the same type of poetry; they utilize the same methods of semantic rupture; the fatrasie has a very distant analogy with modern automatic writing but a close relationship with Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Woody Allen, Streamer, Dubillard, Ionesco and many pataphysicians, Oulipians, or similar)
  • Change Notes

    • 2012-10-22: new
    • 2013-01-25: revised
  • Alternate Formats

Suggest terminology

The LC Linked Data Service welcomes any suggestions you might have about terminology used for a given heading or concept.

Would you like to suggest a change to this heading?

Please provide your name, email, and your suggestion so that we can begin assessing any terminology changes.

Fields denoted with an asterisk (*) are required.