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La carpe, 'The carp'

by Francis Poulenc From Le Bestiaire (1919) FP 15a

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La carpe, 'The carp'
French source: Guillaume Apollinaire

Dans vos viviers, dans vos étangs,
Carpes, que vous vivez longtemps!
Est-ce que la mort vous oublie,
Poissons de la mélancolie.

The carp
English translation © Richard Stokes

In your pools, in your ponds,
Carp, how you live for aeons!
Does death forget you,
Fish of melancholy?

Translations by Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

La carpe, 'The carp'
French source: Guillaume Apollinaire

The carp
English source: Richard Stokes

Dans vos viviers, dans vos étangs,
In your pools, in your ponds,
Carpes, que vous vivez longtemps!
Carp, how you live for aeons!
Est-ce que la mort vous oublie,
Does death forget you,
Poissons de la mélancolie.
Fish of melancholy?

Composer

Francis Poulenc

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (F7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and pianist. His compositions include mélodies, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert music. Read the full…

Poet

Guillaume Apollinaire

Guillaume Apollinaire  (26 August 1880 – 9 November 1918) was a French poet, playwright, short story writer, novelist, and art critic of Polish-Belarusian descent. Apollinaire is considered one of the foremost poets of the early 20th century, as…

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