Paul Eluard Poems
- Five Haiku The wind Undecided Rolls a cigarette of air
- Lady Love She is standing on my eyelids And her hair is in ...
- I Cannot Be Known I cannot be known Better than you know me ...
- La Courbe De Tes Yeux La courbe de tes yeux fait le tour de ...
- At The Window I have not always had this certainty, this ...
- Air Vif I looked in front of me In the crowd I saw ...
- Head Against The Walls There were only a few of them In all...
Paul Éluard, pseudonym of Eugène Grindel (born Dec. 14, 1895, Saint-Denis, Paris, Fr.—died Nov. 18, 1952, Charenton-le-Pont), French poet, one of the founders of the Surrealist movement with Louis Aragon and André Breton among others and one of the important lyrical poets of the 20th century.
Éluard rejected later Surrealism and joined the French Communist Party. Many of his works reflect the major events of the century, such as the World Wars, the Resistance against the Nazis, and the political and social ideals of the 20th-century.
I was born to know you
To give you your name
(in Poèsie et Vérité, 1942)
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Rolls a cigarette of air
The mute girl talks:
It is art's imperfection.
This impenetrable speech.
The motor car is truly launched:
Four martyrs' heads
Roll under the wheels.
Ah! a thousand flames, a fire,
The light, a shadow!
The sun is following me.
A feather gives to a hat
A touch of lightness:
The chimney smokes.