Sunday, June 23, 2013

La Lune Blanche

La Bonne Chanson is a collection of poems written by Paul Verlaine from the winter of 1869 to the spring of 1870. Twenty-one poems belong to this group, and are mostly likely addressed to Mathilde Mauté, his future wife.

The poems are a proclamation of love, using very direct terms, and some references to nature.

Gabriel Fauré arranged nine of these poems to relate a story and used recurrent themes to unify the cycle. Fauré removes all direct descriptions of the girl and naturalist statements from the poems he chooses for inclusion in his cycle.

La lune blanche
Luit dans les bois;
De chaque branche
Part une voix
Sous la ramée...

Ô bien-aimée.
L'étang reflète,
Profond miroir,
La silhouette
Du saule noir
Où le vent pleure...

Rêvons, c'est l'heure,

Un vaste et tendre
Semble descendre
Du firmament
Que l'astre irise...

C'est l'heure exquise.


AphotoAday said...

My dad was a tenor and could warble on like that. No love songs though... Just cantatas and religious music in a household with two boys that turned out somehow to be devout atheists.

nancy namaste said...

That happens in so many families - devout parents, non-religious kids. So I take it you will not be serenading the moon tonight?

AphotoAday said...

Too pooped to swoon tonight--spent most of the day chasing clouds, navigating fog, and dodging raindrops.