Jean Cocteau

(5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963 / Maisons-Laffitte, Yvelines)

Jean Cocteau Quotes

  • ''Poetry is indispensable—if I only knew what for.''
    Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. Quoted in Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art, ch. 1 (1959).
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  • ''The Louvre is a morgue; you go there to identify your friends.''
    Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. Quoted in Roger Shattuck, "A Native Son of Paris," Jean Cocteau and the French Scene (1984).
  • ''I have a piece of great and sad news to tell you: I am dead.''
    Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 4 (1947). "Visite," Discours du Grand Sommeil (1920).

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Best Poem of Jean Cocteau

Preamble (A Rough Draft For An Ars Poetica)

...Preamble

A rough draft
for an ars poetica

. . . . . . .

Let's get our dreams unstuck

The grain of rye
free from the prattle of grass
et loin de arbres orateurs

I

plant

it

It will sprout


But forget about
the rustic festivities

For the explosive word
falls harmlessly
eternal through
the compact generations

and except for you

nothing
denotates

its sweet-scented dynamite

Greetings
I discard eloquence
the empty ...

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Toreador

Pepita queen of Venice
When you go beneath your shutter
All gondoliers call out:
Watch out--Toreador!
No one rules your heart
In the grand palace where you sleep
And near you the old duenna lies in waiting
for the Toreador.
Toreador, bravest of the brave

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