La limace baveuse argente la muraille
Dont la pierre se gerce et dont l'enduit s'éraille,
Les lézards verts et gris se logent dans les trous,
Et l'on entend le soir sur une note haute
Coasser tout auprès la grenouille qui saute,
Et râler aigrement les crapauds à l'oeil roux.
- Aussi, pendant les soirs d'hiver, la nuit venue,
Surtout quand du croissant une ouateuse nue
Emmaillote la corne en un flot de vapeur,
Personne, - non pas même Eisembach le ministre, -
N'ose passer devant ce repaire sinistre
Sans trembler et blêmir de peur.


About Theophile Gautier


Pierre Jules Théophile Gautier (August 30, 1811 – October 23, 1872) was a French poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, and literary critic. While Gautier was an ardent defender of Romanticism, his work is difficult to classify and remains a point of reference for many subsequent literary traditions such as Parnassianism, Symbolism, Decadence and Modernism. He was widely esteemed by writers as diverse as Balzac, Baudelaire, the Goncourt brothers, Flaubert and Oscar Wilde. Towards the end of 1830, Gautier began to frequent meetings of Le Petit Cénacle, a group of artists who met in the studio of Jehan Du Seigneur. The group... Read more...

Poet of the day

Ethel Turner was an Australian novelist and children's writer.

Biography

Ethel Turner was born in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England on 24th January, 1872. She migrated to Australia with her widowed mother, older sister Lilian and step sister, Jeannie in 1880.

Educated at Sydney Girls’ High School, she and Lilian wrote stories...
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Poem of the day


Dugdraaben blinker paa Rosengreen;
Den tindrer, den zittrer af Glæde:
I mindste Dugperle, klar og reen,
Er Verdenssolen tilstede.

Sjæle er Draaber paa Livets Green;
De tindre, de zittre af Glæde:
I Sjælens Dugperle, klar og reen,
Er Verdensaanden tilstede.

Dugdraaben blinker et Øjeblik; Read more...