Thursday, November 18, 2010

Paul Valery

A favourite poet of mine, a poet who also had some philosophical aspirations, is Paul Valery. French, living in the 19th Century, he had a short (but successful) poetic career, until he turned to a more private pursuit of letters. During this absence from poetry, he kept a series of notebooks, known as the Cahiers. These books contained a systematic exploration of philosophical, literary, scientific and mathematical ideas, which was to secure Valery as on object of study for roughly 100 years. He finally returned to poetry in his later life, and always maintained the poignancy of his early work. His greatest work - La Juene Parque - is a testament to his complete command of the French language and its great poetic fluency.

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