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Old 08-06-2018, 11:56 AM
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All texts for my Intro to French Lit class are online, so I just use the rather ancient Marie de France version the internet offers. It's a bit of a struggle for the students, but her genius comes through. On my shelves is the Penguin Classics prose rendering, which does a fair job of telling the tales.
Francis Jammes BTW - it's a guy.

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Old 08-06-2018, 01:36 PM
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Not a good idea...
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Old 08-06-2018, 01:49 PM
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Hi Ann,

I always appreciate your comments, all the more so when they remind me of the warning Caesar got on his way to assassination. Very mysterious!
It also reminds me of the great Edith Piaf song "N'y va pas Manuel." That one ends "Oh, Manuel." Because he went.

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John

Update: here's the Piaf. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_hBqxtSbY4

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Old 08-06-2018, 02:11 PM
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The warning was for me, I posted something silly. But it was worth it for a whiff of Piaf. Thank you.
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Old 08-06-2018, 05:24 PM
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Thanks for so many rich responses.
Th text I have in mind is the ending of Milton's "Lycidas"
and how it is that the poem ends, not like the click
of a box closing (so Yeats), but it opens, in rhyme,
in perspective, in the turn from grief to a future
of limitless possibilities. That open unconsonanted rhyme
is such a small thing there, but it is the genius of it too.

  Thus sang the uncouth swain to th'oaks and rills,
While the still morn went out with sandals grey;
He touched the tender stops of various quills,
With eager thought warbling his Doric lay:
And now the sun had stretched out all the hills,
And now was dropped into the western bay;
At last he rose, and twitched his mantle blue:
Tomorrow to fresh woods, and pastures new.
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Old 08-06-2018, 06:59 PM
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Yup, that's genius for you. What an ear the greats have had! Thanks for pointing that detail out.

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John
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