Clotilde

By Guillaume Apollinaire 1880–1918 Guillaume Apollinaire

Translated By Donald Revell

Anemone and columbine
Where gloom has lain
Opened in gardens
Between love and disdain

Made somber by the sun
Our shadows meet
Until the sun
Is squandered by night

Gods of living water
Let down their hair
And now you must follow
A craving for shadows

Guillaume Apollinaire. “Clotilde” from Alcools, English translation copyright 1995 Donald Revell and reprinted by permission of Wesleyan University Press.

Source: Alcools (Wesleyan University Press, 1995)

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Poet Guillaume Apollinaire 1880–1918

POET’S REGION France

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Subjects Nature, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Seas, Rivers, & Streams

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Symbolist

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Guillaume Apollinaire is considered one of the most important literary figures of the early twentieth century. His brief career influenced the development of such artistic movements as Futurism, Cubism, Dadaism, and Surrealism, and the legend of his personality—bohemian artist, raconteur, gourmand, soldier—became the model for avant-garde deportment. Although some critics hesitate to rank him with the greatest poets of the . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Seas, Rivers, & Streams

POET’S REGION France

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Symbolist

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