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By Paul Valéry

Publish yr note: initially released in 1970.

Grouped jointly during this booklet are a number of smaller volumes and plaquettes within which Valery had released decisions of his shorter prose writings: aphorisms, ethical reflections, poetic observations, flashes of wit or fancy, even jokes--a number of feedback and impressions, a lot of them first recorded in his Notebooks.

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In line with our pundits the belief of writing "purely" in French (or another language) is an phantasm. i do not altogether trust them. relatively, the appearance might con­ sist in pondering language could have an intrinsic, yes ANALECTS "purity," i. e. , a "purity" definable through perceptible, indis­ putable features. yet a language is one lengthy, contin­ uous production. every body provides a little himself to it, mangles or enriches it, gets it and dispenses it as (within definite limits) the fondness takes him. the necessity for our knowing one another is the one legislations that controls and retards its adjustments, those alterations being possible due to the arbitrariness of the correspondences among the symptoms and meanings which are simple to language. At each second it may be likened to a process of conventions, unformulated for the main half, notwithstanding occasionally we will be able to see how they arose, as is usually the case after we examine a brand new notice. to date, then, we haven't any "purity," yet a little bit hap­ risk phenomena ruled in simple terms (or restricted of their vagaries) via the necessity for communique, through the car­ matic reflexes of people, and their propensities for imitation. but there could exist—there does exist—a traditional purity which, traditional notwithstanding it's, has its benefits. This purity enjoins, first of all, correctness, that's to claim, con­ formity with yes written conventions, the data and utilization of that are a criterion of all "cultured" people. extra refined are the opposite stipulations of this natural, premeditated language, for whose appreciation a different sensitivity is required. (I don't need to checklist them the following. ) ordinarily, they're taboos whose purposes are tough to explain; convinced "effects" with which one dispenses; the hunt of an exquisitecoherence in ex­ pression and a relentless care well to dovetail the participants of a word, and the words of a paragraph, each one with every one. yet there are males whose listening to, fit notwithstanding it really is, fails to tell apart sounds from noises. ODDS AND ENDS Writing quite "pure" French is a pastime and an amuse­ ment which relieve to some degree the tedium of writing. * Syntax is a school of the soul. • wisdom of a language has too frequently been considered as purely an issue of reminiscence. the assumption of treating orthog­ raphy as an indication of tradition is an indication of the times—and of stupidity. yet what issues is the dealing with of the language, the continuity within the task of writing, and the independence hence given to the actions of the brain. And, as soon as those have unfastened play, the liberty of mix within the textual content. Syntax is a suite of conduct to be shaped, conduct which it truly is occasionally good to renovate and brush up, in complete knowledge of what one is doing. during this box of literary motion, as in all others, we needs to abide by means of the principles of the sport, yet settle for them for what they're worthy and with no attaching an excessive amount of authority to them. Nor may still we satisfaction ourselves on remembering a few exceptions. It needs to be borne in brain that during the times of our best writers the liberties authorized have been, additionally, some distance better.

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