Born at the end of a century,
she knew only this one, not even
for two full decades. Too brief.
Fin de siècle, closing one era, onto another.
A brief summer. Winter without a spring.
Fin de siècle is a French term meaning “end of century,” a term which typically encompasses both the meaning of the similar English idiom “turn of the century” and also makes reference to the closing of one era and onset of another. It is often associated with the end of the 19th century.