Paul Verlaine

(1844-1896 / France)

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  • ''All the rest is mere fine writing.''
    Paul Verlaine (1844-1896), French poet. "L'Art Poetique," Jadis et Naguère (1884).
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Moonlight

Your soul is like a painter's landscape where
charming masks in shepherd mummeries
are playing lutes and dancing with an air
of being sad in their fantastic guise.
Even while they sing, all in a minor key,
of love triumphant and life's careless boon,
they seem in doubt of their felicity,
their song melts in the calm light of the moon,
the lovely melancholy light that sets

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