Help a French student find a poem to memorize.
March 13, 2008 9:55 PM Subscribe
I need some help finding French poems that meet some specific guidelines. I'm currently in my 5th year of high school French. I'm going to a competition where I'll be reciting some memorized poetry, but I haven't had much luck finding anything good to memorize. I need some suggestions of French poems that are *good*, fairly long but not too long, and use moderately advanced vocabulary. I've looked, but I need some guidance from people who know more about this than me.
posted by MadamM to media & arts (25 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm having problems, I think, because looking online makes it hard to identify good poems, especially as I can't judge good French poetry very well. My comprehension is OK, but reading about every poet on the Wiki page about French poetry is tedious and takes a lot of time. English translations would make things very easy, but there's not a huge amount of them available. Anyway, here's some more info on my requirements:
-Fairly long is very important: approximately a page is what my teacher is telling us to look for. Keep in mind I'm memorizing this: a super long narrative style thing is no good.
-I'd like to have something I actually enjoy. I tend to like more modern poetry- I prefer Plath to Keats. I actually don't care for the Romantic style in general- it just isn't my thing.
-I'd like a poem with emotional impact, but anything with a lot of sex or violence might not make my teacher happy, and she has to approve my choice. I'm also female, so anything praising the female form in very specific detail might come across a little oddly.
I'd really appreciate anything you can point me towards- links are best, esp. w/ English translations. If you're linking to a French version and are feeling *very* generous, I'd love a quick recap. It's easy to get caught up in figuring out the words and miss the point, as I'm finding :P.