Paul Verlaine

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Paul-Marie Verlaine (30 March 1844 – 8 January 1896) was a French poet associated with the Symbolist movement. He is considered one of the greatest representatives of the fin de siècle in international and French poetry.

Born in Metz, he was educated at the Lycée impérial Bonaparte (now the Lycée Condorcet) in Paris and then took up a post in th ...

Paul Verlaine Poems

The Young Fools (Les Ingénus)

High-heels were struggling with a full-length dress
So that, between the wind and the terrain,
At times a shining stocking would be seen,
And gone too soon. We liked that foolishness.

Autumn Song

With long sobs
the violin-throbs
of autumn wound
my heart with languorous

Clair De Lune

Your soul is as a moonlit landscape fair,
Peopled with maskers delicate and dim,
That play on lutes and dance and have an air

Il Pleure Dans Mon Coeur

Il pleure dans mon coeur
Comme il pleut sur la ville.
Quelle est cette langueur
Qui pénêtre mon coeur ?


Your soul is like a painter's landscape where
charming masks in shepherd mummeries
are playing lutes and dancing with an air
of being sad in their fantastic guise.

Paul Verlaine Quotes

11 November 2014

All the rest is mere fine writing.

Paul Verlaine Comments

dude1 06 November 2019

What about " la Lune blanche" ?

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Fabrizio Frosini 17 December 2015

those verse are in «Aspiration», Paul Verlaine ('Premiers vers')

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Fabrizio Frosini 17 December 2015

«Là, tous les sons rêvés, là, toutes les splendeurs Inabordables» There, all the sounds dreamed, there, all the splendors unaffordable

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