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French Portraits: An Impression of Paul Verlaine, Page 3  
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He recorded his impressions of life frankly, and, since he had an innate sense of harmony, musically. Dear Lord! how musically! Words languid, cajoling, tender, enervant; words that were caresses, — his art was at once subtle, refined, difficult, and inveterately young. His was the subtle simplicity of the Middle Ages. Huysmans, with fine clairvoyance, saw that he was sib to Villon. His individuality was dominant and insistent, as of some great soul of the fifteenth century. He had a profound, incurable, and salutary egotism.

In his youth he was seduced by the virtuosities of the Parnassians. The real Verlaine appeared in the "Romances sans Parole," in "Sagesse," and in certain miraculous poems of "Jadis et Naguère." The " Poèmes Saturniens," which appeared in 1867, are purely Parnassian. Fluent verse, ardent, sombre, mad, it was impeccably fashioned. But the chef-d'œuvre of this school — du bois, du bois, et encore du bois — is "Les Fêtes Galantes." Here is the dream of a pure poet. The verse is formal: it hints of pose and powder and the Pompadour. It is sceptical and frivolous, but very sincere. See, then, in a park de Watteau, — perhaps in Rubens's "Garden of Love," — nonchalant girls lounge and whisper scandal, while overhead the new stars shine; stately ladies pass, insolently beautiful; the powdered marquis nods to the silken abbé, —

L'abbé divague. — Et toi, marquis,
Tu mets de travers ta perruque.
— Ce vieux vin de Chypre est exquis.
Moms, Camargo, que votre nuque.

— Ma flamme . . . — Do, mi, sol, la, si.
— L'abbé, ta noirceur se dévoile.
— Que je meure, mesdames, si
Je ne vous décroche une étoile.



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— Je voudrais être petit chien!
— Embrassons nos bergères, l'une
Après l'autre. — Messieurs, eh bien?
— Do, mi, sol. — Hé! bonsoir, la lune!


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With the "Romances sans Paroles" he broke with the Impeccables.

This was the troubled period of his life, the Rimbaud period of his life, which ended in the penitentiary of Mons.

Il pleure dans mon cœur
Comme il pleut sur la ville —


But why should I quote the verses which you have known, which you have loved, which you have whispered in the impenetrable hours? After the "Romances" came his book of penitence, the triumphal book, the Wisdom of Paul Verlaine. Here, then, is "Sagesse," a white lily plucked out of the pashed mire of a dirty and inquiet life. Here, then, is "Sagesse," the most beautiful book of poetry written since "Les Fleurs du Mal."

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