“Un Présent Parfait”

Nancy Duvall Hargrove

in T. S. Eliot’s Parisian Year

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780813034010
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039367 | DOI:
“Un Présent Parfait”

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In spite of his mother's disapproval of him wanting to move to Paris, Eliot was nonetheless able to live there during the academic year following his graduation. One of the main influences in Eliot's interest in moving to France came from Arthur Symon's 1899 book The Symbolist Movement in Literature which inspired him with new ways of writing poetry and furthered his interest for French poetry. Erik Svarny states that some of the characteristics of Laforgue that Eliot admired and followed were being “original at any cost”, a “plethora of personae”, the theme of “painful failure of communication with the opposite sex”, and utilizing vers libre.

Keywords: The Symbolist Movement in Literature; Arthur Symon; Paris; Laforgue; French poetry; vers libre; France; Erik Svarny

Chapter.  26269 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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