Robert Desnos

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Robert Desnos, the son of a café owner, was born on July 4, 1900, in Paris.

He attended commercial college, and then worked as a clerk before becoming a literary columnist for the newspaper Paris-Soir.

He first published poems in the Dadaist magazine Littérature in 1919, and in 1922 he published his first book, Prose Selavy, a collection of ...
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I Have Dreamed Of You So Much
I have dreamed of you so much that you are no longer real.
Is there still time for me to reach your breathing body, to kiss your mouth and make
your dear voice come alive again?
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Epitaph
I lived in those times. For a thousand years
I have been dead. Not fallen, but hunted;
When all human decency was imprisoned,
I was free amongst the masked slaves.
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If You Only Knew
Far from me and like the stars, the sea and all the trappings of poetic myth,
Far from me but here all the same without your knowing,
Far from me and even more silent because I imagine you endlessly.
Far from me, my lovely mirage and eternal dream, you cannot know.
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4.
Long Long Ago
Long long ago I went through the castle of leaves
Yellowing slowly in the moss
And far away barnacles clung desperately to rocks in the sea
Your memory better still your tender presence was there too
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5.
Fairy Tale
Many times upon a time
There was a man who loved a woman.
Many times upon a time
There was a woman who loved a man.
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Alex Nodopaka 20 March 2019
The 50-Foot Sandwich for Robert Desnos I don't have a problem with an ant of eighteen meters what I have a problem with is that it'll never fit an eighteen meter sandwich. Wait, that's not all about this tale it's also about the $1,000 it costs. Of course I couldn't afford it but it was worth writing this poem that cost me nothing. ~~~ Alex Nodopaka March © 2019
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Berk Gedikoglu 23 August 2012
robert desnos was one of the most talented poets to ever live, its shocking that he recieved such a low rating.
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Timothy Ades 02 September 2011
Robert Desnos 1900-1945 is the most exciting French poet of the 20th century. Translators have hardly done him justice. With luck, much more of his wonderful achievement will be available in English before too long.
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