Jules Laforgue

(1860-1887 / France)

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Jules Laforgue Montevideo, 16 August 1860 – Paris, 20 August 1887) was an innovative French poet, often referred to as a Symbolist poet. Critics and commentators have also pointed to Impressionism as a direct influence and his poetry has been called "part-symbolist, part-impressionist".

His parents, Charles-Benoît Laforgue and Pauline Lacollay, met in Uruguay where his father... more »

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  • ''What a day-to-day affair life is.''
    Jules Laforgue (1860-1887), French symbolist poet. "Complainte sur certains ennuis," Les Complaintes (1885).
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October's Little Miseries

Every October I start to get upset.
The factories' hundred throats blow smoke to the sky.
The pullets are getting fat
for Christmas Day.

So I'll bray at our bleached and atrophied souls
and melt a thousand icebergs over the old scrolls,
the frightened mysticisms
of religions.

Find a decent spirit? Pretty hard.
Legitimacy? Sure. It's a well-kept yard,
But who's gonna bless our kitchens
till the end?

I'll say my prayers again to the Ice Age Snow,
and cry to the wind, 'You too, you crooked old fart!'
'cause nothing'll take a load off ...

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