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Heres a virtual movie of the legendary French poet Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867) reading his poem "Réversibilité" (Reversibility).The superb reading is by Pierre VialaCharles Baudelaire was a 19th century French poet, translator, and literary and art critic whose reputation rests primarily on Les Fleurs du mal; (1857;The Flowers of Evil) which was perhaps the most important and influential poetry collection published in Europe in the 19th century. Similarly, his Petits poèmes en prose (1868; "Little Prose Poems") was the most successful and innovative early experiment in prose poetry of the time.Known for his highly contraversial, and often dark poetry, as well as his translation of the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Baudelaire's life was filled with drama and strife, from financial disaster to being prosecuted for obscenity and blasphemy. Long after his death many look upon his name as representing depravity and vice: Others see him as being the poet of modern civilization, seeming to speak directly to the 20th century.Kind RegardsJim ClarkAll rights are reserved on this video recording copyright Jim Clark 2008RéversibilitéAnge plein de gaieté, connaissez-vous l'angoisse,La honte, les remords, les sanglots, les ennuis,Et les vagues terreurs de ces affreuses nuitsQui compriment le coeur comme un papier qu'on froisse?Ange plein de gaieté, connaissez-vous l'angoisse?Ange plein de bonté, connaissez-vous la haine,Les poings crispés dans l'ombre et les larmes de fiel,Quand la Vengeance bat son infernal rappel,Et de nos facultés se fait le capitaine?Ange plein de bonté connaissez-vous la haine?Ange plein de santé, connaissez-vous les Fièvres,Qui, le long des grands murs de l'hospice blafard,Comme des exilés, s'en vont d'un pied traînard,Cherchant le soleil rare et remuant les lèvres?Ange plein de santé, connaissez-vous les Fièvres?Ange plein de beauté, connaissez-vous les rides,Et la peur de vieillir, et ce hideux tourmentDe lire la secrète horreur du dévouementDans des yeux où longtemps burent nos yeux avide!Ange plein de beauté, connaissez-vous les rides?Ange plein de bonheur, de joie et de lumières,David mourant aurait demandé la santéAux émanations de ton corps enchanté;Mais de toi je n'implore, ange, que tes prières,Ange plein de bonheur, de joie et de lumières!— Charles BaudelaireReversibilityAngel full of gaiety, do you know anguish,Shame, remorse, sobs, vexations,And the vague terrors of those frightful nightsThat compress the heart like a paper one crumples?Angel full of gaiety, do you know anguish?Angel full of kindness, do you know hatred,The clenched fists in the darkness and the tears of gall,When Vengeance beats out his hellish call to arms,And makes himself the captain of our faculties?Angel full of kindness, do you know hatred?Angel full of health, do you know Fever,Walking like an exile, moving with dragging steps,Along the high, wan walls of the charity ward,And with muttering lips seeking the rare sunlight?Angel full of health, do you know Fever?Angel full of beauty, do you know wrinkles,The fear of growing old, and the hideous tormentOf reading in the eyes of her he once adoredHorror at seeing love turning to devotion?Angel full of beauty, do you know wrinkles?Angel full of happiness, of joy and of light,David on his death-bed would have appealed for healthTo the emanations of your enchanted flesh;But of you, angel, I beg only prayers,Angel full of happiness, of joy and of light!

Author: poetryanimations
Keywords: Baudelaire poem animation Réversibilité une passante L'Ennemi Les Fleurs du mal Poem Animation Movie french francais belloc manley hopkins
Added: August 24, 2008