French Poetry

In these pages you will find famous or favorite poems in the original French, with translations into English.  I may add some favorite poems in English as well.

Below are links to the poem videos I’ve created, and to similar creations by other artists named in the links. My art acknowledgments are in Merci.

First is the poem video Jon McKenney and I worked on of Charles Baudelaire’s Les Chats.

Franz Marc painting, Girl With A Cat

 

Il Pleut Dans Mon Coeur (It Rains In My Heart) is a poem by Verlaine, which I’ve entitled A Song of the Rain.  This poem video has a font by Juan Casco, who designed the text font for Floats the Dark Shadow.  I chose his Romance Fatal Serif because some of the letters had a lovely drippy effect that added to the images.  While I favored paintings of Paris streets in the rain, I chose what fit the emotional tone of the stanza best from whatever city, the times varying from the Impressionist era to the early 20th century.

Nils Kreuger, In the Rain, Paris

Here is The Nightingale, the second in the series of poem videos with A.S. Kilne’s translations of Verlaine, and romantic music by Christian Comeau.

Illustration for Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale, by W. J. Neatby

Very modern, yet I’m sure the Symbolists would have been enchanted with Tutsy Navarathna’s machinima video of Verlaine’s My Familiar Dream.

I Lock My Door Upon Myself by Fernand Khnopff

This evocative vision of Rimbaud’s Vagobondage is by the same brilliant artist.

Landscape with Storm by Franz von Stuck

 

 

Baudelaire’s Invitation Au Voyage always evoked Venice for me, and for the creator of his video, Joris de Froidmont.

Dusk in Venice by Claude Monet

 

 Here is a very vampiric vision of Baudlaire’s La Muse Malade by Fee Lides.

The Vampire, by Burne-Jones

 

And a chilling English version of Baudelaire’s poem, The Vampire.

Vampir by Ernst Stöhr

 

Music and atmospheric images for Chant d’Automne by Charles Baudelaire.

 

Les Femmes Damnés by Charles Baudelaire sung par Damien Saez.

 

Sleep, by Gustave Courbet

 

A short film linking Charles Baudelaire with the Decadent art of Felician Rops.

 

Pornocrates by Félicien Rops

 

Also listed with the translation of Le Temps des Cerises is this haunting redition by Georgette Lemaire.

Branch of Sour Cherries adapted from a photograph by Böhringer Friedrich

 

Banner images ~ The Pierrot is a poster by Charles Léandre, the Circe by John William Waterhouse, and the illustration from Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal  is by Charles Meunier .