Jacques Prévert was a French poet and screenwriter. His poems became and remain very popular in the French-speaking world, particularly in schools. Some of the movies he wrote are extremely well regarded, with Les Enfants du Paradis considered one of the greatest films of all time.
Life and Education
Prévert was born at Neuilly-sur-Seine and grew up in Paris. After receiving his Certificat d'études upon completing his primary education, he quit school and went to work in Le Bon Marché, a major department store in Paris. Called up for military service in 1918, after the war, he was sent to the Near East to defend French interests there.
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- Paris At Night
- - Barbara -
- Déjeuner du matin
- Cet Amour
- Le Cancre
- La Cène
- Pater noster
- Chanson dans le sang
- Le jardin
- Complainte du fusillé
- Pour faire le portrait d'un oiseau
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''An orange on the table,Jacques Prévert (1900-1977), French poet. "Alicante," Paroles (1946), trans. by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1958).
Your dress on the rug,
And you in my bed,
Sweet present of the present,
Cool of night,
Warmth of my life.''
''ManJacques Prévert (1900-1977), French poet. Flowers and Wreaths, Paroles (1946), trans. by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1958). Opening lines of poem.
You beheld the saddest and dreariest of all the flowers of the earth
And as with other flowers you gave it a name
You called it Thought.''
''Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.''Jacques Prévert (1900-1977), French poet. "Intermede," Spectacle (1951).
''When truth is no longer free, freedom is no longer real: the truths of the police are the truths of today.''Jacques Prévert (1900-1977), French poet. "Intermède," Spectacle (1951).
''Our Father which art in heavenJacques Prévert (1900-1977), French poet. Pater Noster, Paroles (1946; rev.1949), trans. by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1958). Opening lines.
And we will stay on earth
Which is sometimes so pretty.''
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