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Symbolist Poems

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Paul Verlaine translation: Spleen
by Paul Verlaine
loose translation/interpretation by Michael R. Burch

The roses were so very red;
The ivy, impossibly black.

Dear, with a mere a turn of your head,
My despair’s flooded back!

The sky was too gentle, too blue;
The sea, far too windswept and green.

Yet I...Read More
Categories: symbolist, blue, depression, green, paris, rose, sea, sky,
Form: Verse

Paul Verlaine translation: It Rains in My Heart
Il pleure dans mon coeur (“It rains in my heart”)
by Paul Verlaine
loose translation/interpretation by Michael R. Burch

It rains in my heart
As it rains on the town;
Heavy languor and dark
Drenches my heart.

Oh, the sweet-sounding rain
Cleansing pavements and roofs!
For my listless heart's...Read More
Categories: symbolist, french, hate, heart, love, pain, paris, rain,
Form: Verse

I shall leave the city, the bustling town.
I shall walk to the outskirts of the wild plains, 
And drink from heaven mystic rains, 
Lying in the reeds, drunk upon the down.

My shoes are worn, of coats I have one.
I...Read More
Categories: symbolist, adventure, art, beautiful, christian, garden, happy, heart,
Form: Verse
Premium Member Gustav Klimt
"The Three Ages of Woman," painted by
   the noted symbolist named Gustav Klimt;
from Austria, late-nineteenth century
   till early twentieth, he left his mark.

At center, woman with her child held close;
   his view of motherhood,...Read More
Categories: symbolist, art, how i feel, imagery,
Form: Blank verse
Rambling Fred
                  Excuse my rambling on so, 
                ...Read More
Categories: symbolist, character, nature, philosophy,
Form: Free verse

Premium Member MISSED OUT
A poet from France Stephane Mallarme
was always cool and so calm
by repute the foremost Symbolist
but his Livre* publication he missed.

*Mallarme never saw published his experimental style  Livre(book)...Read More
Categories: symbolist, people, poets,
Form: Clerihew
Demon M Vrubel
Demon (M. Vrubel)

The hour.
The hour of violet.
Who’s there above the violet
twilight flying?
It’s gnawing its flesh
and hits its shadow in the rocks.
It’s you, isn’t it?
The last child of sorrow.
The lost breath of God.
The fear of the strong
of himself?

It’s burning – the...Read More
Categories: symbolist, color, silver, symbolism,
Form: Free verse
From the Labyrinthine Metro
my paris begins with 
those early days 
as a conscious flaneur 
i recall the couple 
seated opposite me 
on the metro 
when i was still innocent 
of its labyrinthine complexity 
slim pretty white girl 
clad head to toe in denim...Read More
Categories: symbolist, books, city, drink, fear, friend, friendship, paris,
Form: Free verse
As Juliette Once Wrote Me paris begins with those early days as as a conscious flaneur I recall the couple seated opposite me on the metro when i was still innocent of its labyrinthine complexity slim pretty white girl clad head to toe in...Read More
Categories: symbolist, friendship, memory, nostalgia, paradise, paris, poetry, poets,
Form: Free verse
Tales of a Paris Flaneur
Early days as a flaneur;
I recall the couple 
On the Metro
When I was still innocent 
Of its labyrinthine complexities;
Slim pretty white girl,
Clad head to toe 
In new blue denim, 
Wistfully smiling
While her muscular black beau 
Stared straight through me 
With...Read More
Categories: symbolist, friend, loneliness, pain, paris, sad,
Form: Prose Poetry

Premium Member SYMBOLIST SWEETHEARTS recited
In looking we see and
in seeing we now will
be . As part of the art.
This pleasure evolves, 
as we participate ,hear 
with our eye to resolve a
mystery ; sensations symbolize,
then synthesize the illusion
into a new experience
A momentary intercourse
of minds...Read More
Categories: symbolist, art, writing,
Form: Free verse
Battle of the Sexes
battle of the sexes

Picture Oil painting worthwhile 
Leonardo DA Vinci, look out!
What is she really smiling about?

(((The popularity of the Mona Lisa increased in the mid 19th century 
because of the Symbolist movement. The painting was thought to...Read More
Categories: symbolist, funny, history, me,
Form: Clerihew
Premium Member Symbolist sweethearts b
Allurement,in her look
come hither-Franz Stuck
with Judith 1
Klimt's fame had began
Temptation's face
with whispers so ofteensnare + enlace
Merlin knew the future and the past
but she lulled him to sleep,so fast
Alas,alas poor Hylas
trapped by love
of this beautiful lass
Tryphena set his heart...Read More
Categories: symbolist, art
Form: ekphrasis
Premium Member Ekphrasis-Symbolist sweethearts 1
mirror-images were her curse
so wove her pictures in reverse
William's 'stunner',became wife Jane
but for painting,he found no acclaim
Madonna's personna
a single reflection-
gives meaning to life
Leighton's lovely
Italian beauty we all,can see
closing her door
in her mind-
she slowly withdraws
pretty...Read More
Categories: symbolist, art
Form: ekphrasis
Premium Member A JOURNEY
to a phalanx

Some of Kandiskinsky's artistic travels...Read More
Categories: symbolist, art, places
Form: Lanterne