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.
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.
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.
Very modern, yet I’m sure the Symbolists would have been enchanted with Tutsy Navarathna’s machinima video of Verlaine’s My Familiar Dream.
This evocative vision of Rimbaud’s Vagobondage is by the same brilliant artist.
Baudelaire’s Invitation Au Voyage always evoked Venice for me, and for the creator of his video, Joris de Froidmont.
Here is a very vampiric vision of Baudlaire’s La Muse Malade by Fee Lides.
And a chilling English version of Baudelaire’s poem, The Vampire.
Music and atmospheric images for Chant d’Automne by Charles Baudelaire.
Les Femmes Damnés by Charles Baudelaire sung par Damien Saez.
A short film linking Charles Baudelaire with the Decadent art of Felician Rops.
Also listed with the translation of Le Temps des Cerises is this haunting redition by Georgette Lemaire.
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 .