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Poems of Paul Verlaine   By: (1844-1896)

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Paul Verlaine's collection of poems is a poetic masterpiece that delves into the depths of human emotion with exquisite finesse. Verlaine's words reflect a stunning vulnerability and an inherent understanding of the human condition, inviting readers into a world of profound introspection.

The book, "Poems of Paul Verlaine," showcases Verlaine's poetic prowess through a diverse array of verses. Each poem is a rich tapestry of emotions, encompassing themes of love, loss, longing, and the passage of time. Verlaine's ability to succinctly capture these complex emotions in each line is truly remarkable.

One aspect that stands out in Verlaine's poems is his mastery of imagery and symbolism. His detailed and vivid descriptions paint a picture within the reader's mind, creating a sensory experience that immerses one in the poem's essence. The images feel palpable, whether it be the scent of freshly bloomed flowers or the gentle touch of a lover's hand.

Furthermore, Verlaine's use of musicality in his poetry enhances its lyrical beauty. The rhythm, rhyme, and melodic quality of his verses create a harmonious interplay that resonates deep within one's soul. Reading these poems aloud becomes a melodious symphony of emotions, making each word come alive with the poet's intent.

Verlaine's poems also possess an uncanny ability to transcend time and connect with readers across generations. Despite being penned over a century ago, the themes explored in his work remain relevant and relatable today. The universal nature of human experience found in Verlaine's poetry becomes a bridge between past and present, uniting readers in the timeless pursuit of internal reflection.

However, even amidst the brilliance of Verlaine's work, there are moments when certain poems lack the same impact and resonance as others. These occasional lulls, though minor, prevent the collection from reaching its full potential. Nonetheless, the overall quality of Verlaine's eloquent and evocative verses outweighs these sporadic missteps.

"Poems of Paul Verlaine" is a testament to the enduring power of poetry. Verlaine's profound insights into the complexities of human emotion, combined with his exquisite craftsmanship, make this collection a must-read for any lover of literature. Whether delving into themes of love, loss, or the transcendence of the soul, Verlaine's words will leave an indelible mark on the reader's heart and mind.

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By Paul Verlaine

Translated by Gertrude Hall

Pictured by Henry McCarter

[Illustration: "Portrait of Paul Verlaine"]



Clair de Lune Sur L'Herbe L'Allée A la Promenade Le Faune Mandoline L'Amour Par Terre En Sourdine Colloque Sentimental


Since Shade Relents, Since 'Tis Indeed the Day Before Your Light Quite Fail O'er the Wood's Brow The Scene Behind the Carriage Windowpanes The Rosy Hearth, The Lamplight's Narrow Beam It Shall Be, Then, Upon a Summer's Day


ARIETTES OUBLIÉES It Weeps In My Heart The Keyboard, Over Which Two Slim Hands Float O Heavy, Heavy My Despair The Trees' Reflection in the Misty Stream


BIRDS IN THE NIGHT You Were Not Over patient with Me, Dear But You Will Own That I was in the Right And Wherefore Should I Lay My Heartwounds Bare? Now I Do Not Intend What Were the Gain? I See You Still. I Softly Pushed the door I See You Still. I Softly Dressed in a Summer Dress Some Moments I'm the Tempest driven Bark

AQUARELLES Green Spleen Streets

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