Aquarelles - Advanced Reading Practice

Posted by Alexa on 3rd Mar 2017 in the blog in the audio category

Bonjour, in today's blog I want you to listen to this audio of a poem called Aquarelles (Green) by Paul Verlaine and try to read it along with me.

The objective of this lesson is to improve your French reading, listening & pronunciation skills.

Paul Verlaine

Paul Verlaine was a French poet born in 1844. He was associated with the symbolist movement. He wrote this anthology in 1874 and died in 1896.

THE PASSAGE

Voici des fruits, des fleurs, des feuilles et des branches,
Et puis voici mon cœur, qui ne bat que pour vous.
Ne le déchirez pas avec vos deux mains blanches
Et qu'à vos yeux si beaux l'humble présent soit doux.
J'arrive tout couvert encore de rosée
Que le vent du matin vient glacer à mon front.
Souffrez que ma fatigue, à vos pieds reposée,
Rêve des chers instants qui la délasseront.
Sur votre jeune sein laissez rouler ma tête
Toute sonore encore de vos derniers baisers ;
Laissez là s'apaiser de la bonne tempête,
Et que je dorme un peu puisque vous reposez.

VOCABULARY FOCUS

  1. Mon cœur qui ne pas que pour toi — My heart which beats only for you
  2. Ne le déchirez pas — Do not tear it
  3. La rosée — dew
  4. Glacer — to freeze
  5. Délasseront — will refresh/will relax
  6. Vos derniers baisers — your last kisses
  7. S’apaiser — to calm down/to soothe/to fade
  8. Puisque — because/since/as
  9. Reposer — to rest

APPROXIMATE ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Here are some fruits, some flowers, some leaves and some branches,
And then here is my heart, that beats only for you.
Do not tear it apart with your two white hands
And to your beautiful eyes may my humble gift be sweet.
I arrive, all covered in dew, still,
That the morning wind froze on my forehead.
Allow my weariness, rested at your feet,
Dream of these dear moments that will divert it.
On your young breast let my head loll
Still resounding of your last kisses;
Allow the great tempest to fade away
So that I sleep, a little, as you rest.

Léo Ferré

And to finish up, here is a video of the French poet and composer Léo Ferré singing words of Aquarelles.