By Paul Valéry
Purely poetry is twin language
James R. Lawler's based advent offers with Valéry's matters and his impression, and likewise with severe interpretations of his paintings. the amount starts off with "The night with Monsieur Teste" (1896), from the recognized "anti-novel" Monsieur Teste, for whose translation Jackson Mathews acquired the nationwide e-book Award in 1974. It contains such outstanding essays because the "Introduction to the strategy of Leonardo da Vinci," "The trouble of Mind," and "Poetry and summary Thought."
The significance of Valéry's prose poetry has just recently been well-known, and a range is gifted right here. There also are ten of his best-known poems in verse, between them "La Jeune Parque" and "Le Cimetiere Marin," with the French texts dealing with the English translations by means of David Paul. The anthology closes with dialogues, one courting from the twenties, the opposite from 1943; which display the play of ideas--the highbrow power and grace--that are attribute of Valéry's paintings as a whole.
"There should be no distinction of opinion in this selection of Mr. Lawler as editor: he's the main eminent of the Valéry students this day, the wisest, and the main modest. If is advent is great, evidently impeccably expert, suggestive, and well-written."--Henri Peyre