Her I Love, by John Clare

William-Adolphe Bouguereau - Petite fille au bouquet
William-Adolphe Bouguereau – Petite fille au bouquet (1896) – from The Athenaeum

My next choice is a beautiful poem found in the part titled Songs and Ballads of Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery, John Clare’s first collection of poetry, published in 1820.

Here the poet compares the charms of his beloved with nature’s beauties: her cheek with roses and carnations, her lips with ripe cherries and red coral, her eyes with a pulpy plum and the azure sky, finally her kiss with the perfume of flowers; but each time, nature’s marvels pale in comparison to the girl of his heart. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Le toucheron, par Georges Gourdon

John George Brown - I Won't Go
John George Brown – I Won’t Go (1873) – provient de Sotheby’s (réduit)

Voici un deuxième poème de l’écrivain français Georges Gourdon. Celui-ci parut dans son recueil Les Villageoises paru en 1887. Il fut repris dans l’Anthologie des poètes français du XIXème siècle éditée par Alphonse Lemerre en 1887-1888. Celle-ci présente l’auteur et son œuvre, on y lit : CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Stray Cat Blues, by The Rolling Stones

Michael Joseph’s shot of the Rolling Stones for the Beggars Banquet album
Michael Joseph’s shot of the Rolling Stones for the Beggars Banquet album, released in 1968 – from The Guardian

The Rolling Stones released the studio album Beggars Banquet in December 1968. The eight song in it (the third track on side two), “Stray Cat Blues,” was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. In it, the singer lusts for sex with a groupie aged 15 years, which illegal in both the UK and the USA. He describes the young girl as a ‘stray cat’ who isn’t shy about performing sexual acts. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon, by Neil Diamond

Cover of the LP Just for You by Neil Diamond
Cover of the LP Just for You by Neil Diamond – from Discogs

The American singer-songwriter Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is one of the most successful musicians of all time, with more than 130 million records sold worldwide.

His second LP album Just for You was released on August 25, 1967; it has never been released on CD. Its first title, the song “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon,” reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 (the US pop singles chart) in 1967. Other versions have been recorded by many musicians, in particular Cliff Richard (1968), Jackie Edwards (1968), the Biddu Orchestra (1978), and 16 Volt (1998). It enjoyed a second life when the rock band Urge Overkill interpreted it for the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 film Pulp Fiction. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Ma petite voisine, par Auguste Gaud

Frederick Morgan - Childhood Sweethearts
Frederick Morgan – Childhood Sweethearts

Auguste Gaud (1857–1924) est un poète et écrivain poitevin. Fils d’un cordonnier et d’une couturière, il exerça le métier paternel avant de se lancer dans la littérature. À partir de 1903, il fut juge de paix.

Il publia d’abord de nombreuses œuvres en français ayant pour toile de fond la culture paysanne de sa région. A partir de 1895, il devint le chef de file du Félibrige Poitevin, un mouvement régionaliste qui, à l’instar du Félibrige de Frédéric Mistral, faisait la promotion du dialecte, de la culture et du folklore du Poitou-Saintonge. Il se mit alors à écrire des morceaux en poitevin-saintongeais. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Adelaide, the love in the life and poetry of Ernest Dowson, Part II

Ernest Dowson as an undergraduate
Ernest Dowson as an undergraduate – from Wikimedia Commons

In the first part of this essay, I told how Ernest Dowson met Adelaide Foltinowicz, aged eleven years and a half, whom he nicknamed “Missie” or “Missy,” then he started spending his evenings at her father’s restaurant where she worked as a waitress, and gradually fell in love with her. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Mellow Yellow, by Donovan

Donovan in 1969
Donovan in 1969 – from Wikimedia Commons

Donovan Phillips Leitch (born in 1946), known as Donovan, is a Scottish musician and songwriter who knew fame from his début in 1965 to the early 1970s.

In October 1966 his song “Mellow Yellow” was released as a single. It reached No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and No. 8 in the UK. It was then included as first track in his fourth album Mellow Yellow, released in the US in February 1967. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…