Paul Eluard

(14 December 1895 – 18 November 1952 / Saint Denis / Paris)

At the Window


I have not always had this certainty, this pessimism which reassures the best among us. There was
a time when my friends laughed at me. I was not the master of my words. A certain indifference, I
have not always known well what I wanted to say, but most often it was because I had nothing to
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  • James Frederick (11/10/2008 12:09:00 AM)

    I love this line: 'There was a time when I seemed to understand nothing. My chains floated on the water'.

    I take it to mean that the heavy responsibility and depth of being human was just automatic for him; without knowing how, he floated along despite his weight. I feel it would be wise to examine ones weight—to learn how to speak of ones own depth. (Report) Reply

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