Sisterhood Stories – Autumn songs

I love this poem from Paul Verlaine, Chanson d’automne, in it’s original French version of course.  It goes like this:

Les sanglots longs
Des violons
De l’automne
Blessent mon coeur
D’une langueur
Monotone.

Tout suffocant
Et blême, quand
Sonne l’heure,
Je me souviens
Des jours anciens
Et je pleure

Et je m’en vais
Au vent mauvais
Qui m’emporte
Deçà, delà,
Pareil à la
Feuille morte.

~ Paul Verlaine

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Autumn 3

Autumn 4

Autumn 5

Autumn 6

Autumn 7

And, for you that would like to see it translated, though it loses a bit of magic, here goes…

The long sobs
Of the violins
Of Autumn
Wound my heart
With a monotonous
Languor.

All choked
And pale, when
The hour chimes,
I remember
Older days
And I cry

And I’m going
On an ill wind
That carries me
Here and there,
As if a
Dead leaf.

~ Paul Verlaine

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10 Comments on Sisterhood Stories – Autumn songs

  1. Jessica Barone
    October 15, 2014 at 8:15 am (5 years ago)

    oh Isabelle your images of fall are so lovely, you captured this time of year perfectly!

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    • Isabelle
      October 16, 2014 at 7:25 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you Jessica! xox

      Reply
  2. Claudia
    October 15, 2014 at 10:18 am (5 years ago)

    What a wonderful poem! Not knowing French nearly enough, I think the English version is great. And your pictures play along wonderfully.

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    • Isabelle
      October 16, 2014 at 7:26 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you Claudia, I love poetry, it’s a powerful source of inspiration xox

      Reply
  3. Lisa Gordon
    October 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm (5 years ago)

    A beautiful poem, and such perfect images to go with it.

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    • Isabelle
      October 16, 2014 at 7:27 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you very much Lisa xox

      Reply
  4. Boo
    October 16, 2014 at 3:49 am (5 years ago)

    Thank you for the translation! And so sombre! Love the pics as always x

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    • Isabelle
      October 16, 2014 at 7:27 am (5 years ago)

      Yes, it’s a dark poem, but I do love it! Thank you Boo xox

      Reply
  5. jill moore
    October 16, 2014 at 7:07 am (5 years ago)

    Gorgeous images as always – you have captured Autumn details so perfectly, love them, and the poem is wonderful, thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • Isabelle
      October 16, 2014 at 7:28 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you very much dear xox

      Reply

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