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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Adagio

La rue était déserte et donnait sur les champs.
Quand j'allais voir l'été les beaux soleils couchants
Avec le rêve aimé qui partout m'accompagne,
Je la suivais toujours pour gagner la campagne,
Et j'avais remarqué que, dans une maison
Qui fait l'angle et qui tient, ainsi qu'une prison,
Fermée au vent du soir son étroite persienne,
Toujours à la même heure, une musicienne
Mystérieuse, et qui sans doute habitait là,
Jouait l'adagio de la sonate en la.
Le ciel se nuançait de vert tendre et de rose.
La rue était déserte ; et le flâneur morose
Et triste, ...

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