"I come from the blue ... "
February 21, 2009 4:18 PM   Subscribe

Looking for a particular French poem about Aphrodite.

I studied this poem about fifteen years ago in a translation class. We looked at the French version and then at two different English translations. I'm fairly sure it was a twentieth-century poem. All I remember is a line from one of the English versions where Aphrodite said "I come from the blue ... ", and that the exclamation "O azure" was in there somewhere.

It's not Valéry's "Au Platane" or Hocquard's "Elegy VI".
posted by paduasoy to Writing & Language (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
"La Nue" by Théophile Gautier?
posted by holgate at 4:39 PM on February 21, 2009

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posted by holgate at 4:40 PM on February 21, 2009

Response by poster: Thanks, but I don't think so. Aphrodite definitely spoke herself in the poem I'm thinking of.
posted by paduasoy at 5:01 PM on February 21, 2009

Without having a definite line in French it's impossible to look this up...hopefully someone who specialises in 19th century French poetry can come along and give better advice, but various google searching has led me to a lot of poems about Venus but none in the first person. :( Good luck!
posted by nonmerci at 8:29 PM on February 21, 2009

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