By Paul Verlaine
Poems less than Saturn is the 1st entire English translation of the gathering that introduced Paul Verlaine (1844-1896) as a poet of promise and originality, person who may grow to be considered as one of many maximum of nineteenth-century writers. This new translation, via revered modern poet Karl Kirchwey, faithfully renders the collection's heady mixture of classical studying and earthy sensuality in poems whose rhythm and rhyme characterize one of many superb accomplishments of French verse. Restoring usually anthologized poems to the context within which they initially seemed, Poems below Saturn testifies to the blazing abilities for which Verlaine is celebrated.
The poems reveal precocious virtuosity, mingling the sights of the flesh with the longings of the spirit. Greek and Hindu delusion collapse to intimate erotic meditations and wickedly satirical society photos, mythological landscapes exchange with gritty narratives of mid-nineteenth century Paris, visions of happiness yield to nightmarish glimpses of deep alienation, and genuine and imaginary characters--including Achilles, Valmiki, Charlemagne, and Spain's baleful King Philip II--all determine because the subject material of a supremely formidable younger poet.
Poems lower than Saturn provides the extreme devotion and severe musicality of an artist for whom poetry remained the only actual passion.
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Son nom? Je me souviens qu’il est doux et sonore, Comme ceux des aimés que los angeles Vie exila. Son regard est pareil au regard des statues, Et, pour sa voix, lointaine, et calme, et grave, elle a L’inflexion des voix chères qui se sont tues. 26 VI. My everyday Dream frequently i've got this dream—a unusual looking dream— Of a lady I don’t understand, whom i like, and who loves me, And who's no longer, at any time when, diverse, precisely, yet, loving me, figuring out me, is neither an analogous. simply because purely she is aware me, and my middle, a medium obvious merely to her, regrettably! stops being an issue just for her, and the sweat from my faded brow, basically she will soothe it away as her personal tears come. Is she a brunette or blonde? I don’t be aware of. A redhead? Her identify? I commit it to memory is good, the way it resonated Like these of family on the grounds that banished through lifestyles. Her gaze? A statue’s gaze is the same. As for her voice, it has—distant, calm, grave— The modulation of voices long gone silent, yet pricey. 27 VII. À une femme À vous ces vers, de par los angeles grâce consolante De vos grands yeux où rit et pleure un rêve doux, De par votre âme, natural et toute bonne, à vous Ces vers du fond de ma détresse violente. C’est qu’hélas! le hideux cauchemar qui me hante N’a pas de trêve et va furieux, fou, jaloux, Se multipliant comme un cortège de loups Et se pendant après mon type qu’il ensanglante. Oh! je souffre, je souffre affreusement, si bien Que le gémissement preferable du optimal homme Chassé d’Éden n’est qu’une églogue au prix du mien! Et les soucis que vous pouvez avoir sont comme Des hirondelles sur un ciel d’après-midi, —Chère,—par un beau jour de septembre attiédi. 28 VII. to a girl For you those strains, for the sake of the consoling grace the place a candy dream laughs and weeps too on your large Eyes, on your soul, natural and fully strong, I pledge those strains from the ground of my extreme misery. as the ugly nightmare that haunts me, unluckily, offers no sector and in a mad jealous rage Repeats itself like wolves in a cortege, Dragging down my future it so bloodies. Oh I endure, I undergo frightfully, lots in order that the 1st groan uttered through the 1st guy pushed from Eden is not anything yet an eclogue subsequent to it! And no matter what cares you've are not any greater than Swallows throughout a day sky —Darling—on a good lukewarm September day. 29 VIII. L’angoisse Nature, rien de toi ne m’émeut, ni les champs Nourriciers, ni l’écho vermeil des pastorales Siciliennes, ni les pompes aurorales, Ni los angeles solennité dolente des couchants. Je ris de l’Art, je ris de l’Homme aussi, des chants, Des vers, des temples grecs et des excursions en spirales Qu’étirent dans le ciel vide les cathédrales, Et je vois du même oeil les bons et les méchants. Je ne crois pas en Dieu, j’abjure et je renie Toute pensée, et quant à los angeles vieille ironie, L’Amour, je voudrais bien qu’on ne m’en parlât plus. Lasse de vivre, ayant peur de mourir, pareille Au brick perdu jouet du flux et du reflux, Mon âme pour d’affreux naufrages appareille. 30 VIII. Dread Nature, not anything in you strikes me, now not the nurturing Fields, nor the ruddy echo of Sicilian pastoral, Nor the dawn’s pomp, nor the doleful Solemnity of the sunlight because it is environment.