La gare où le train ne s’arrête jamais

Never stop trainstation Lisboa – from

Où es-tu, fille aux grands yeux noirs
De neige, mon bonheur d’un soir?
Je t’attends, mon amante bleue,
Mon soleil, mon cœur fabuleux. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…


De Quincey et la petite fille misérable, d’après Baudelaire

Zhenya Gay – illustration for Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey (1950) – The Heritage Press, New York

Après le recueil de poèmes Les Fleurs du mal, l’œuvre la plus célèbre de Charles Baudelaire est l’essai Les Paradis artificiels, publié en 1860, consacré à l’usage récréatif des drogues, plus précisément du haschisch et de l’opium. Il connut un large succès, il reste un exposé classique des effets de la drogue, comme l’exaltation, puis la dépendance et la souffrance. D’ailleurs l’expression “paradis artificiels” est couramment utilisée pour désigner l’utilisation de drogues (en particulier hallucinogènes) pour stimuler l’imagination ou enivrer les sens. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

The wretched little girl in De Quincey’s Confessions

Frank Holl – Faces in the Fire (1867) – The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford

The English writer Thomas Penson De Quincey (b. August 15, 1785; d. December 8, 1859) knew fame with his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, published anonymously in two parts in the September and October 1821 issues of the London Magazine, then released in book form in 1822. In 1845, De Quincey published Suspiria de Profundis, advertised as being a sequel to the Confessions. Then in 1856 he revised his Confessions, which became much longer. Since then, the two are usually published together, their complete titles being Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Being an Extract from the Life of a Scholar, and Suspiria de Profundis: Being a Sequel to the “Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.” CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Brooke Boothby: Elegy

Hans Zatzka - Girl with butterfly - from

Hans Zatzka – Girl with butterfly – from

In 1796, Brooke Boothby published Sorrows. Sacred to the Memory of Penelope, a collection of poems in memory of his deceased daughter Penelope. In two previous posts I transcribed 7 of the 24 sonnets it contains. Now I reproduce one of its two elegies. In this sad poem, Boothby longs to die and to have his body deposited by a friend into Penelope’s tomb, so that his ashes can mix with hers. Then, being rid of his body, he imagines his daughter greeting him in heaven, taking him by the hand and crowning him with a wreath of flowers. CONTINUE READING…


~The Sun~

Girl - from Wolf Publishing

Girl – from Wolf Publishing

Wolf Publishing organized a poetry contest around this image of a girl. Here is my favourite one, it is full of love. The other entries are not bad either.

[2016/02/25: This was a reblog from the WP site of Wolf Publishing, which was removed. The poem is lost.]

Childhood nostalgia in Ernest Dowson’s Praeterita

In his lifetime, Ernest Dowson published two volumes of poems, Verses and Decorations. Both are included in The Poems and Prose of Ernest Dowson published by Arthur Symons, available on the web as a Project Gutenberg Ebook; some of these poems are also found in the web page Selected Poems and Prose — Ernest Dowson of The New Formalist. Dowson kept in a drawer a booklet of poems written in his youth, which was published posthumously under the title Poésie Schublade (“drawer poetry” in a mix of French and German); these poems are not widely available on the web, and this is one reason for including some of them in Agapeta. However, they also shine with freshness and evoke nostalgia for childhood, two qualities partially lost in the more polished verses of his maturity. The poem Praeterita (Latin word for “gone” or “dead”) expresses Dowson’s longing for those cherished memories from childhood. CONTINUE READING…