Fleur fatale

Emile Verhaeren 1855 (Sint-Amands) – 1916 (Rouen)



L'absurdité grandit comme une fleur fatale
Dans le terreau des sens, des coeurs et des cerveaux ;
En vain tonnent, là-bas, les prodiges nouveaux ;
Nous, nous restons croupir dans la raison natale.

Je veux marcher vers la folie et ses soleils,
Ses blancs soleils de lune au grand midi, bizarres,
Et ses échos lointains, mordus de tintamarres
Et d'aboiements et pleins de chiens vermeils.

Iles en fleurs, sur un lac de neige ; nuage
nichent des oiseaux sous les plumes du vent ;
Grottes de soir, avec un crapaud d'or devant,
Et qui ne bouge et mange un coin du paysage.

Becs de hérons, énormément ouverts pour rien,
Mouche, dans un rayon, qui s'agite, immobile
L'insconscience douce et le tic-tac débile
De la tranquille mort des fous, je l'entends bien !

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABBA BBBB CDDC EAAE
Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 769
Words 130
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

Emile Verhaeren

Emile Verhaeren was a Belgian poet who wrote in the French language, and one of the chief founders of the school of Symbolism. more…

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