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The Stage (Scènes)
by Arthur Rimbaud (1872-75); translated by Helen Rootham (1938).

Ancient Comedy keeps to her harmonies and divides her idylls.

There are boulevards of trestles.

A long column of wood from one end of a rocky field to another, where a barbaric crowd winds among leafless trees.

In corridors of black gauze, keeping step with strollers carrying lanterns and leaves.

Bird actors alight on a pontoon of masonry swaying in an archipelago dotted with boatloads of spectators.

Lyrical scenes accompanied by flutes and drums, lean round the rooms of modern clubs or the halls of the ancient East, in nooks contrived in the ceiling.

Fairyland manœuvres at the top of a coppice-crowned amphitheatre, or flutters about—and warbles for the Boeotians in the shade of moving forests, or on the tilled ridges.

Opera-bouffe divides itself on our stage at the intersecting ridge made by the partitions erected at the 'early door' of the gallery.


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