poems

Verlaine

PAUL VERLAINE – MOONLIGHT (poem) CLAUDE DEBUSSY (music) ENG

. .. … Paul Verlaine   Moonlight (poem)     Your soul is a chosen country Where charming masques and revellers parade Playing the lute and dancing; but, somewhat sadly, Beneath their wondrous costumes, masquerade.     Whilst all are singing in a minor key Of conquering love and fortunate...

Mallarmé

STÉPHANE MALLARMÉ – SEA BREEZE (poem) ENG

. .. … Stéphane Mallarmé   Sea breeze (poem)   Short introduction       “Brise marine” (1866; “Sea Breeze”) uses generalized ocean imagery to evoke a departure from Mallarmé’s everyday life. Stéphane Mallarmé says he would like to flee to a place where birds are drunken as they fly over...

Rimbaud

ARTHUR RIMBAUD – EVENING PRAYER (poem) ENG

. .. … Arthur Rimbaud   Evening Prayer         I live sitting down, like an angel in the hands of a barber, Grasping a heavily fluted mug, My belly and my neck are bent, a cheap pipe in my teeth Beneath air swollen with impalpable clouds.  ...

Mallarmé

STÉPHANE MALLARMÉ – THE AFTERNOON OF A FAUN (eclogue) ENG

. .. … Stéphane Mallarmé   The afternoon of a faun (eclogue)       L’après-midi d’un faune (or “The Afternoon of a Faun“) is a poem by the French author Stéphane Mallarmé. It describes the sensual experiences of a faun who has just woken up from his afternoon sleep...

Derek Walcott

DEREK WALCOTT – BLEECKER STREET, SUMMER (poems) ENG

. .. … Derek Walcott   Bleecker street, summer       Summer for prose and lemons, for nakedness and languor, for the eternal idleness of the imagined return, for rare flutes and bare feet, and the August bedroom of tangled sheets and the Sunday salt, ah violin!     When...

Auden

W. H. AUDEN – IN MEMORY OF W. B. YEATS

. .. … Wystan Hugh Auden   In memory of W. B. Yeats (Another time)     In Memory of W. B. Yeats, by W. H. Auden is a modern poem in its imagery, concept and versification. The poem, as its title indicates, is an elegy written to mourn the...

W. H. Auden

WYSTAN HUGH AUDEN – FUNERAL BLUES

. .. … Wystan Hugh Auden   Funeral blues       Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.   Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead...

Victor Hugo

VICTOR HUGO – MAN AND WOMAN

. .. … Victor Hugo   Man and woman     Man is the highest of creatures. The woman is the most sublime of ideals. God made for man a throne for the woman an altar. The throne exalts, the altar sanctifies. Man is the brain. The woman’s heart. The...

Bertolt Brecht

BERTOLT BRECHT – OF POOR B. B. (1921)

. .. … Bertolt Brecht   Of poor B. B.       I, Bertolt Brecht, came out of the black forests. My mother moved me into the cities as I lay Inside her body. And the coldness of the forests Will be inside me till my dying day.  ...

Arthur Rimbaud

ARTHUR RIMBAUD – OPHELIA

. .. … Arthur Rimbaud   Ophelia     Introduction OPHELIA by Arthur Rimbaud. “Ophélie” was written by Arthur Rimbaud in 1870 and accompanied a letter sent to the poet and critic Théodore de Banville, who was an important figure of the Parisian literary scene and whom Rimbaud admired and...

Jacques Prevert

JACQUES PREVERT (PAROLES) BARBARA – ENG

. .. … Jacques Prévert   Paroles   Barbara     Remember Barbara It was raining ceaselessly on Brest that day And you were walking smiling Beaming delighted dripping Under the rain Remember Barbara It was raining ceaselessly on Brest And I passed you in the rue de Siam You...

Eugenio Montale

EUGENIO MONTALE (CUTTLEFISH BONES) Don’t Ask Me for Words

. .. … Eugenio Montale from: Cuttlefish Bones Don’t Ask Me for Words     Eugenio Montale (12 October 1896 – 12 September 1981) was an Italian poet, prose writer, editor and translator, and recipient of the 1975 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is widely considered the greatest Italian lyric poet...

Brecht

BERTOLT BRECHT – THE SONG ABOUT THE CLASS ENEMY

. .. … Bertolt Brecht   The song about the class enemy     Bertolt Brecht,  Eugen Berthold Friedrich “Bertolt” Brecht (10 February 1898 – 14 August 1956) was a German theatre practitioner, playwright, and poet. (wikipedia).     The song about the class enemy     1   When...

Majakovskij

VLADIMIR MAYAKOVSKY (Love) MY UNIVERSITY

. .. … Vladimir Mayakovsky Poem: Love My university       Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky (1893 – 1930) was a Russian Soviet poet, playwright, artist, and actor. During his early, pre-Revolution period leading into 1917, Mayakovsky became renowned as a prominent figure of the Russian Futurist movement, being among the...