François Coppée

(26 January 1842 – 23 May 1908 / Paris)

François Coppée
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François Edouard Joachim Coppée was a French poet and novelist.

Biography

He was born in Paris to a civil servant. After attending the Lycée Saint-Louis he became a clerk in the ministry of war, and won public favour as a poet of the Parnassian school. His first printed verses date from 1864. In 1869 his first play, Le Passant, was received with approval at the Odéon theatre, and later Fais ce que dois (1871) and Les Bijoux de la délivrance (1872), short poetic dramas inspired by the Franco-Prussian War, were applauded.

After holding a post in the library of the senate, Coppée was chosen in 1878 as archivist of the Comédie Française, an office he held till ... more »

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Il a neigé la veille et, tout le jour, il gèle

Il a neigé la veille et, tout le jour, il gèle.
Le toit, les ornements de fer et la margelle
Du puits, le haut des murs, les balcons, le vieux banc,
Sont comme ouatés, et, dans le jardin, tout est blanc.
Le grésil a figé la nature, et les branches
Sur un doux ciel perlé dressent leurs gerbes blanches.
Mais regardez. Voici le coucher de soleil.
À l'occident plus clair court un sillon vermeil.
Sa soudaine lueur féerique nous arrose,
Et les arbres d'hiver semblent de corail rose.

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