Destruction Was My Beatrice

Stéphane Mallarmé, Letter to Eugène Lefébure, 17 May 1867

My work was created only by elimination, and each newly acquired truth was born only at the expense of an impression which flamed up and then burned itself out, so that its particular darkness could be isolated and I could venture ever more deeply into the sensation of Darkness Absolute. Destruction was my Beatrice.

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