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Paul Verlaine
French poet
(1844-96)



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Les sanglots longs
Des violons
De l'automne
Blessent mon cœur
D'une langueur
Monotone.

The long sobs of
The violins
Of autumn
Lay waste my heart
With monotones
Of boredom.
-- "Chanson d'automne", line 1, from Poèmes saturniens (1866), French original and English translation from Martin Sorrell (trans.), Selected Poems (Oxford University Press, 1999), p. 24.

Il pleure dans mon cœur
Comme il pleut sur la ville.
Quelle est cette langueur
Qui pénètre mon cœur?

Falling tears in my heart,
Falling rain on the town.
Why this long ache,
A knife in my heart.
-- "Il pleur dans mon cœur" line 1, from Romances sans paroles (1874), French original and English translation from Martin Sorrell (trans.), Selected Poems (Oxford University Press, 1999), p. 69.


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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