it's not that he couldn't write poetry in the usual fashion, but he just developed some scruple about it. so he stopped. i think he came up with the line i like that goes something like
the first line is from the gods, then you have to match it
valery is odd in that he decided he wanted his poetry to be entirely conscious. but poetry can't be written with the conscious mind.
Found an Ezra Pound poem I like (so fully expect luka to tell me this is the worst thing pound ever wrote)
‘I am thy soul, Nikoptis. I have watched These five millennia, and thy dead eyes Moved not, nor ever answer my desire, And thy light limbs, wherethrough I leapt aflame, Burn not with me nor any saffron thing. See, the light grass sprang up to pillow thee, And kissed thee with a myriad grassy...www.poetrynook.com