Leila Ired


The Dunce -Translation - Poem by Leila Ired

He says no with his head
but he says yes with his heart
he says yes to what he likes
he says no to his teacher
he stands
is questioned
and all the problems are posed
suddenly crazy laughter takes him
and he erases it all
the numbers and the words
the dates and the nouns
the sentences and the traps
and despite the master's threats
under the jeers of the prodigy children
with chalk of every color
on the blackboard of misery
he draws the face of joy


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  • (1/28/2008 11:55:00 PM)

    This is one of my favorite Jacques Prevert poems! Good job, I love it just as much in english as in French. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, June 1, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, March 5, 2011


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