Vérité Nue de l’Amour Pur

Léon Perrault – Nude child with dove

La pureté est toujours nue,
Nue car pleine de retenue ;
Mais personne ne le comprend,
On la couvre de vêtements.

CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

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Adam Zagajewski: Vermeer’s Little Girl

Johannes Vermeer – Meisje met de parel / Girl with a pearl earring (c.1665) – from Mauritshuis via Wikimedia Commons

Adam Zagajewski (born in 1945) is a famous Polish poet, essayist, novelist and translator. In his youth, he became well-known as one of the leading poets of the “Generation of ’68” or “New Wave” writers in Poland, and throughout the 1970’s and early 1980’s he supported through his writings the opposition to the Polish regime. Later he took some distance from politics and his writings assumed an increasingly philosophical and existential nature. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Un rêve d’André Breton

Toyen – Portrait d’André Breton (1950)

André Breton ne fit jamais grand cas des enfants et de leurs capacités. Quand il cherchait un poète ou un artiste, c’était un homme, éventuellement une femme, jamais un enfant. Ainsi quand parurent les premiers poèmes de Minou Drouet, âgée de 8 ans, il proclama d’emblée, sans prendre la peine d’enquêter sur les faits, qu’il était impossible qu’une enfant de cet âge pût écrire par elle-même ces poèmes. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Drifting Down, by Joseph Ashby-Sterry

Harry Furniss – Joseph Ashy-Sterry (c.1910) -from NPG

The poems in Boudoir Ballads have shown the unending love of Ashby-Sterry for young girls. But the poet had another passion: rivers, boats and rowing. In 1913 he published The River Rhymer, a collection of verses on this topic.

Some of his poems combine both passions, telling about a young girl loved on a river, and indeed there were a few in Boudoir Ballads. I have selected three love poems from The River Rhymer, here is the first one. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…