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François Coppée

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François Edouard Joachim Coppée was a French poet and novelist.

Biography

He was born in Paris to a civil servant. After attending the Lycée Saint-Louis he became a clerk in the ministry of war, and won public favour as a poet of the Parnassian school. His first printed verses date from 1864. In 1869 his first play, Le Passant, was received with approval at the Odéon theatre, and later Fais ce que dois (1871) and Les Bijoux de la délivrance (1872), short poetic dramas inspired by the Franco-Prussian War, were applauded.

After holding a post in the library of the senate, Coppée was chosen in 1878 as archivist of the Comédie Française, an office he held till ... more »

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Best Poem of François Coppée

Je Suis Un Pâle Enfant Du Vieux Paris...

Je suis un pâle enfant du vieux Paris, et j'ai
Le regret des rêveurs qui n'ont pas voyagé.
Au pays bleu mon âme en vain se réfugie,
Elle n'a jamais pu perdre la nostalgie
Des verts chemins qui vont là-bas, à l'horizon.
Comme un pauvre captif vieilli dans sa prison
Se cramponne aux barreaux étroits de sa fenêtre
Pour voir mourir le jour et pour le voir renaître.
Ou comme un exilé, promeneur assidu,
Regarde du coteau le pays défendu
Se dérouler au loin sous l'immensité bleue,
Ainsi je fuis la ville et cherche la banlieue.
Avec mon rêve heureux j'aime ...

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