Mauron on Mallarmé

“All who remember the day when first they looked into the Poems or the Divagations will testify to that curious feeling of exclusion which put them, in the face of a text written with their words (and moreover, as they could somehow feel, magnificently written), suddenly outside their own language, deprived of their rights in a common speech, and, as it were, rejected by their oldest friends.”

— Literary critic Charles Mauron, writing about the earliest experiences of discovering the poetry of Stéphane Mallarmé

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