Ne sois pas étonné si la foule, ô poète,
Dédaigne de gravir ton oeuvre jusqu'au faîte ;
La foule est comme l'eau qui fuit les hauts sommets,
Où le niveau n'est pas, elle ne vient jamais.
Donc, sans prendre à lui plaire une peine perdue,
Ne fais pas d'escalier à ta pensée ardue :
Une rampe aux boiteux ne rend pas le pied sûr.
Que le pic solitaire escalade l'azur,
L'aigle saura l'atteindre avec un seul coup d'aile,
Et posera son pied sur la neige éternelle,
La neige immaculée, au pur reflet d'argent,
Pour que Dieu, dans son oeuvre allant et voyageant,
Comprenne que toujours on fréquente les cimes
Et qu'on monte au sommet des poèmes sublimes.


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...

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George Essex Evans was an Australian poet.

Biography

Evans was born in London on 18 June 1863. Both his parents were Welsh. Evans's father, John Evans, Q.C., died in 1864 when Evans was only a few months old. John Evans, who was the Treasurer of the Inner Temple and a...
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Poem of the day


In o'er-strict calyx lingering,
Lay music's bud too long unblown,
Till thou, Beethoven, breathed the spring:
Then bloomed the perfect rose of tone.

O Psalmist of the weak, the strong,
O Troubadour of love and strife,
Co-Litanist of right and wrong,
Sole Hymner of...
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