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Preamble (A Rough Draft For An Ars Poetica) Analysis

Author: poem of Jean Cocteau Type: poem Views: 18

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A rough draft

for an ars poetica

.  .  .  .  .  .  .

Let's get our dreams unstuck

The grain of rye

free from the prattle of grass

et loin de arbres orateurs




It     will sprout

But forget about

the rustic festivities

For the explosive word

falls harmlessly

eternal through

the compact generations

and except for you



its sweet-scented dynamite


I discard eloquence

the empty sail

and the swollen sail

which cause the ship

to lose her course

My ink nicks

and there

and there

                  and there




deep poetry

The mirror-paneled wardrobe

washing down ice-floes

the little eskimo girl


in a heap

of moist negroes

her nose was


against the window-pane

of dreary Christmases

A white bear

adorned with chromatic moire

dries himself in the midnight sun


The huge luxury item

Slowly founders

all its lights aglow

and so

sinks the evening-dress ball

into the thousand mirrors

of the palace hotel

And now

it is I

the thin Columbus of phenomena


in the front

of a mirror-paneled wardrobe

full of linen

and locking with a key

The obstinate miner

of the void


his fertile mine

the potential in the rough

glitters        there

mingling with its white rock


    princess of the mad sleep

listen to my horn

         and my pack of hounds

I deliver you

from the forest

where we came upon the spell

Here we are

by the pen

one with the other


on the page

Isles          sobs of Ariadne


        dragging   along

     Aridnes          seals

for I betray you my fair stanzas


run and awaken


I plan no architecture



like you       Beethoven


like you


numberless old man

born everywhere

I elaborate

in the prairies of inner


and the work of the mission

and the poem of the work

and the stanza of the poem

and the group of the stanza

and the words of the group

and the letters of the word

and        the least

loop of the letters

it's your foot

of attentive satin

that I place in position


tightrope walker

sucked up by the void

to the left         to the right

the god gives a shake

and I walk

towards the other side

       with infinite precaution

Submitted by Linda M. Gibbs


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