25 September 2006 | Vol. 6, No. 3

A Memory

All this was long ago, but I do not forget

Our small white house, between the city and the farms;

The Venus, the Pomona, – l remember yet

How in the leaves they hid their chipping plaster charms;

And the majestic sun at evening, setting late,

Behind the pane that broke and scattered his bright rays,

How like an open eye he seemed to contemplate

Our long and silent dinners with a curious gaze:

The while his golden beams, like tapers burning there,

Made splendid the serge curtains and the simple fare.

– Edna St. Vincent Millay, tr.

About the author:

1821-1867. Charles Baudelaire was among the most important poets of the nineteenth century. His most famous collection is Les Fleurs du mal ("The Flowers of Evil"). Learn more about Charles Baudelaire at Wikipedia.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Charles Baudelaire at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 6, No. 3, where "A Memory" ran on September 25, 2006. List other work with these same labels: poetry, elegy, classic, translation, rhyme.

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