Alfred de Musset

(1810-1857 / France)

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Alfred Louis Charles de Musset-Pathay (11 December 1810 – 2 May 1857) was a French dramatist, poet, and novelist. Along with his poetry, he is known for writing La Confession d'un enfant du siècle (The Confession of a Child of the Century, autobiographical) from 1836.

Musset was born on 11 December 1810 in Paris. His family was upper-class but poor and his father worked in various key ... more »

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  • ''Great artists have no country.''
    Alfred De Musset (1810-1857), French poet, novelist, playwright. "L'Orfèvre," Lorenzaccio (1834).
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To Saint-Beuve

Friend, you have spoken well: in us, such as we are,
There frequently exists a certain flower
That blossoms, fades and from the heart its leaves are shed.
'In three quarters of mankind, you must understand,
A poet has died young who is outlived by the man.'
Well said, my friend - and a little too well said.

You didn't pay attention, lining out your thought,
That your pen made poetry then and there, unsought.
In his own tongue you took Apollo's name in vain.
I betray you to your injured Muse: Read again,
And remember that in all of us frequently there ...

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