Paul Verlaine

(1844-1896 / France)

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  • ''All the rest is mere fine writing.''
    Paul Verlaine (1844-1896), French poet. "L'Art Poetique," Jadis et Naguère (1884).
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Apres Trois Ans

When I had pushed the narrow garden-door,
Once more I stood within the green retreat;
Softly the morning sunshine lighted it,
And every flow'r a humid spangle wore.

Nothing is changed. I see it all once more:
The vine-clad arbor with its rustic seat. . . .
The waterjet still plashes silver sweet,
The ancient aspen rustles as of yore.

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