J'étais monté plus haut que l'aigle et le nuage ;
Sous mes pieds s'étendait un vaste paysage,
Cerclé d'un double azur par le ciel et la mer ;
Et les crânes pelés des montagnes géantes
En foule jaillissaient des profondeurs béantes,
Comme de blancs écueils sortant du gouffre amer.

C'était un vaste amas d'éboulements énormes,
Des rochers grimaçant dans des poses difformes,
Des pics dont l'oeil à peine embrasse la hauteur,
Et, la neige faisant une écume à leur crête,
On eût dit une mer prise un jour de tempête,
Un chaos attendant le mot du Créateur.

Là dorment les débris des races disparues,
Le vieux monde noyé sous les ondes accrues,
Le Béhémôt biblique et le Léviathan.
Chaque mont de la chaîne, immense cimetière,
Cache un corps monstrueux dans son ventre de pierre,
Et ses blocs de granit sont des os de Titan !


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

Arthur Clement Hilton was born in 1851 and educated at Marlborough College and St. John's College, Cambridge, where he published in 1872 The Light Green, a collection of verse parodies.

After graduating from Wells Theological College in January 1873, Hilton was ordained deacon on March 1, 1874, became curate of...
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Poem of the day


There was the day we swam in a river, a lake, and an ocean.
And the day I quit the job my father got me.
And the day I stood outside a door,
and listened to my girlfriend making love
to someone obviously not me, inside,

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