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Author QuotedJules Laforgue
Title QuotedComplaintes
Date (Year/Month/Day)1939/10/22
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1885I
QuotationI think the best modern poetry is being written in France, has been for the last fifty years. Between 1880 and 1920 perhaps the only good poetry was being written there. This week, for the first time I read the Complaintes of Jules Laforgue: or some of them. They are very fine and very moving: more moving than anything in Enlish since then, except by Yeats. I make a big exception for Yeats, because he is very good, too.
Quotation SourceRun to the mountain: The Story of a Vocation. The journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 1, 1939-1941.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1995, p. 66
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