Published in 1544, Scève's "Délie, objet de plus haute vertu" is a cycle of 449 poems, an endless examination of the physical and spiritual pains of an impossible love.
Born in 1762, André Chénier is sentenced to death by guillotine at 32 years old, as Robespierre imposes the Terror through France.
"Le Rameur" describes a man who is rowing on a beautiful river. All is calm and you can only hear the sounds of his oars. The images are gorgeous and so is the rhythm.
In this 16th century poem written in old French, a young woman is being married to an older man. She shares with us her attempts to seduce her husband, her torments and the decision she finally takes.
This poem in middle French, from the 17th century, is an hymn to indolence. Saint-Amant was a libertin poet, who enjoyed all the pleasures of life, liked to eat, drink, smoke and rest, as depicted in this poem.
Au milieu d’une rue étourdissante, le poète croise du regard une femme qui passe et il est ébloui par sa beauté et sa noblesse. Quand elle disparaît tout à coup dans la foule, il devient découragé....
The message of the poem is simple and still so very modern: love and its torments...
Paul Valéry croit que la poésie possède un pouvoir émotionnel qui peut être presque magique...
To commemorate Veterans Day, Eluard's famous poem "Freedom".
From the very end of the 19th century, this poem is the incarnation of The French "Parnasse" movement.
Easy French Poetry PodcastMakes learning French -and French poetry- a breeze and a joy! Highly recommended. Merci bien de ton excellent balado, Camille !
Reviewed on 10/23/2011