By Paul Valéry
Poems starting from "La Jeune Parque" and "Le Cimetière marin" to occasional and light-weight verse written as letters to neighbors, dedications in books, and inscriptions on ladies' fanatics show the broad scope of Valéry's lyric preoccupation. The bilingual version, with David Paul's English translations dealing with the French texts, comprises the autobiographical "Recollection," quoted lower than, and excerpts on poetry, chosen and translated from Valéry's notebooks by way of James Lawler.
Paul Valéry became to the self-discipline of poetry through the First international conflict, to flee from the "commotion of a global long past mad." "I shaped myself a poetry," he wrote, "that had no different legislation than to set up for me a manner of dwelling with myself, for part of my days.”
Originally released in 1971.
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