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Essays from the Chap-Book: Verlaine: A Feminine Appreciation, Page 3  
by Mrs. Reginald de Koven (1896). Page protected by Copyscape DO NOT COPY

Then comes the wonderful third stanza, and its denunciation of man's brutality and selfishness.

"Hommes durs! Vie atroce et laide d'ici-bas!
Ah! que du mains, loins des baisers et des combats,
Quelque chose demeure un peu sur la montagne."


Here is the appeal for sentiment, for the love of the spirit, choked in the throats of dumb and suffering women.

"Quelque chose du cœur," he repeats and persuades,
"enfantin et subtil"
"Bonté, respect! car qu'est-ce qui nous accompagne,
Et vraiment, quand la mort viendra, que reste-t-il ?"


From him, the convict poet, from this heart rotten with all the sins of fancy and of deed, bursts this plea — as naive as it is earnest, for the spiritual in love — for sentiment, the essence of the soul. Strange anomaly — stranger still that it should be he who has understood.

Three lines more, from an early poem called "Vœu," of such condensed significance and biting truth as lacks a parallel.

"O la femme à l'amour câlin et rechauffant,
Douce, pensive et brune, et jamais étonnée,
Et qui parfois vous baise au front, comme un enfant."



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What a portrait, typical and individual — "jamais étonnée," my sisters, what an accusation!

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Verlaine is dead. The last shred of that ruined soul which has for years been rotting away in chance Parisian brasseries, has loosened its hold upon life and slipped into the unknown; but the poetry he has left behind him, with its sighs and bitter sobbings, and its few gleams of beauty and of joy, contains the essence of his strange nature.

Although repudiating the responsibility of the position, he was the founder and leader of that school of poetic expression which has most importantly distinguished the end of his century.

Half faun, half satyr, his nature was allied to baseness and brutal animalism, but possessed a strange and childish naïveté which remained with him to the last, and a spirit remotely intact in the chaos of his wayward senses, whence issued songs of matchless purity and inimitable music.

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