This is the first ever English-language translation of a lecture delivered by the Belgian medievalist Robert Guiette, then working at the University of Ghent, at the beginning of 1946. Entitled “L’aventure de la poésie formelle”, and together with “La poésie formelle en France au Moyen Age”, this was one of Guiette’s most influential pieces, presenting his ideas – that announced those of Paul Zumthor some decades later – about a medieval poetry based on a formal esthetic.
How to Cite:
Guiette, R., (2014). The adventure of formal poetry  Translated by Jeff Rider. RELIEF - Revue Électronique de Littérature Française. 8(1), pp.92–100. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/relief.888