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PostSubject: Re: Poem of the Week.   Mon May 05, 2008 12:25 am

I'm neither nostalgic, sentimental nor romantic by personality, but this is a contender for my favourite poem, and one of the few I know by heart.

Clair de Lune

Votre ame est un paysage choisi
Que vont charmant masques et bergamasques,
Jouant du luth, et dansant, et quasi
Tristes sous leurs déguisements fantasques.

Tout en chantant sur le mode mineur
L'amour vainqueur et la vie opportune,
Ils n'ont pas l'air de croire a leur bonheur,
Et leur chanson se mele au clair de lune,

Au calme clair de lune triste et beau
Qui fait rever les oiseaux dans les arbres
Et sangloter d'extase les jets d'eau
Les grands jets d'eau sveltes parmi les marbres.

Paul Verlaine

I'll attempt translation if requested
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PostSubject: Re: Poem of the Week.   Mon May 05, 2008 12:52 pm

My french is not good. edit non-existant. Smile

I have this one on a CD of Yeats poems and I like it. I like to think of it as a victorian version of "schuwiiing" Smile


HOW can I, that girl standing there,
My attention fix
On Roman or on Russian
Or on Spanish politics?
Yet here's a travelled man that knows
What he talks about,
And there's a politician
That has read and thought,
And maybe what they say is true
Of war and war's alarms,
But O that I were young again
And held her in my arms!

William Butler Yeats

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