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Les Feuilles Mortes [Oct. 26th, 2015|10:47 am]
Tony Grist

In spite of Keats French seems to be the better language for talking about Autumn

Les sanglots longs
Des violons
De l'autumne

Blessent mon coeur
D'une langueur

From: cmcmck
2015-10-26 12:06 pm (UTC)
Italiano forse?

Giardino Autunnale

Al giardino spettrale al lauro muto
De le verdi ghirlande
A la terra autunnale
Un ultimo saluto!
A l’aride pendici
Aspre arrossate nell’estremo sole
Confusa di rumori
Rauchi grida la lontana vita:
Grida al morente sole
Che insanguina le aiole.
S’intende una fanfara
Che straziante sale: il fiume spare
Ne le arene dorate: nel silenzio
Stanno le bianche statue a capo i ponti
Volte: e le cose già non sono più.
E dal fondo silenzio come un coro
Tenero e grandioso
Sorge ed anela in alto al mio balcone:
E in aroma d’alloro,
In aroma d’alloro acre languente,
Tra le statue immortali nel tramonto
Ella m’appar, presente.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-10-26 01:18 pm (UTC)
Quite possibly, but French is my only foreign language.
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From: cmcmck
2015-10-26 02:17 pm (UTC)

I do both! :o)
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2015-10-26 03:55 pm (UTC)
Autumn is over the long leaves that love us,
And over the mice in the barley sheaves;
Yellow the leaves of the rowan above us,
And yellow the wet wild-strawberry leaves.

The hour of the waning of love has beset us,
And weary and worn are our sad souls now;
Let us part, ere the season of passion forget us,
With a kiss and a tear on thy drooping brow.

I do think Yeats was on to something with that phrasing "the long leaves that love us" - but then I've always been mad about alliteration...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-10-26 04:42 pm (UTC)
Alliteration is very cool. When I'm writing verse I'm always particularly pleased if a bit of alliteration works its way in.

I'm not sure what he means by "long leaves that loves us" but it's a phrase that sticks in the mind.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2015-10-26 04:40 pm (UTC)
Those are very beautiful leaves.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-10-26 04:43 pm (UTC)
Some sort of maple, I think. Exotic for this part of the world. My parents put in quite a number of exotic trees.
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2015-10-27 08:01 pm (UTC)
Of course, I can't help but feel they'd be improved with the addition of a bunny or two. =:)
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