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Paul Valéry and the Last Centennial of 1917

One year ago   |   By Tablet Magazine

The year 1917, which was a black moment of war and Bolshevism, was also a brilliant moment for poetry-the year of T.S. Eliot's Prufrock and Other Observations , and the British war poets, and the young William Carlos Williams , and Edna St. Vincent Millay's Renascence , and one other volume, as well, altogether spectacular, which, in my reading, has managed to retain its mysterious allure over the course of the hundred years since then and may even have begun to shimmer a little more seductively. This was La Jeune Parque , or The Young Fate , by Paul Valéry-a long poem, and famous in its...
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