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Arthur Rimbaud

In summer evenings blue, pricked by the wheat  On rustic paths the thin grass I shall tread, And feel its freshness underneath my feet,  And, dreaming, let the wind bathe my bare head, I shall not speak, nor think, but, walking slow  Through Nature, I shall rove with Love my guide, As gipsies wander, where,… Continue reading Arthur Rimbaud

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Stéphane Mallarmé

A soul trembling to sit by a hearth so bright, To exist again, it’s enough if I borrow from Your lips the breath of my name you murmur all night. — Stéphane Mallarmé, from “Sonnet: Pour votre chère morte, son ami…” (For your dear departed wife, his friend) 2 November 1877. Selected Poems. Translated by… Continue reading Stéphane Mallarmé

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Charles Baudelaire

To the Reader To the Reader Folly, error, sin, and penny-pinching Preoccupy our minds and belabor our bodies And we feed our amiable remorse Like beggars nourishing their vermin. Our sins are stubborn, our repentance weak — We demand generous payment for our confessions And we return gaily to the muddy path, Believing a few… Continue reading Charles Baudelaire

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W. B. Yeats

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun. — … Continue reading W. B. Yeats

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