To Ianthe, by George Gordon Byron

Lady Charlotte Harley as Ianthe
Drawn by R. Westall and engraved by W. Finden – Lady Charlotte Harley as Ianthe (1833) – from Wikimedia Commons

Lord Byron’s long poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage was published between 1812 and 1818, the first two Cantos in 1812, the third in 1816 and the fourth in 1818, and each edition added some new material. The seventh edition appeared on February 1, 1814, with nine poems added to the twenty already published, and a poem titled “To Ianthe” was prefixed to the First Canto. Written in the autumn of 1812, it was dedicated to Lady Charlotte Harley. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

L’éternel printemps, by Aleister Crowley

Todd Webb - LaSalle Street and Amsterdam Avenue, Harlem
Todd Webb – LaSalle Street and Amsterdam Avenue, Harlem (1946) – Museum of the City of New York / Todd Webb Archive

I present today a second poem from the section “Various Measures” in the collection of verses Rodin in Rime. Youth directly feel the truth of love and life by dancing and holding each other, while old people try to reach it by pondering. The poet says: roll back the wheel of time and rejoin youth. Yielding to the ecstasy of love and dance, all ages can be one with eternity. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Mme Claude Drouet n’aurait jamais pu écrire les poèmes de Minou

Claude et Minou Drouet
IMS Vintage Photos – Claude et Minou Drouet (c.1962)

Quand René Julliard publia les premiers poèmes de Minou Drouet en 1955, de nombreux critiques crièrent à la supercherie, affirmant que sa mère adoptive, Claude Drouet, en était le véritable auteur. Ainsi André Breton affirma, invoquant les travaux du psychologue Jean Piaget : « il n’est pas une enfant de cet âge et bien au-delà, qui puisse, par elle-même et à elle seule, écrire ce qu’on prête à Minou Drouet. » Dans un entretien avec André Parinaud, Michèle Perrein, reporter du journal Elle et principale propagandiste de la thèse de l’imposture, usa également d’un pareil argument : CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

L’amour qui passe, by Aleister Crowley

Cathy Delanssay - L'amie intime
Cathy Delanssay – L’amie intime

Crowley’s collection of verses Rodin in Rime was published in 1907. After an author’s note “Auguste Rodin and the Nomenclature of his Works,” subtitled “A Study in Spite,” which looks like an incomprehensible polemic against unnamed persons, the first poem “Rodin” is presented as “Frontispice.” Then follow two groups of poems, of variable length in “Various Measures,” then with 14 lines each in “Sonnets and Quatorzains.” Most of them have a French title. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Bells for John Whiteside’s Daughter, by John Crowe Ransom

Robie Macauley - John Crowe Ransom at Kenyon College
Robie Macauley – John Crowe Ransom at Kenyon College (1941) – from Wikimedia Commons

John Crowe Ransom (April 30, 1888 — July 3, 1974) was an American teacher, writer and editor. He is renowned both as a poet and a literary critic. He wrote most of his poems between 1915 and 1927. Together with fifteen other academics and students at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, he founded the group called ‘the Fugitives’ after their magazine The Fugitive (1922–1925). They had a special interest in Modernist poetry, and they published works by Modernist poets, but mainly from the Southern part of the United States of America (the former Confederacy). In 1930, he joined a group of twelve writers who would be called ‘Southern Agrarians’. They denounced industrialism and urbanization, which they saw as an alienating force destroying traditional culture, and they counterposed to it the traditional values of an agarian economy, as it existed in the South before the Civil War. As writes the Poetry Foundation: CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…