Derniers Contes

By Edgar Allan Poe

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Ils n'auraient point hate de s'en aller:
De douces brises, et la chanson, et la lumiere, et la fleur
Les retiendraient pres de ma tombe.

Tout cela a leurs coeurs attendris porterait
La pensee de ce qui a ete,
Et leur parlerait de celui qui ne peut partager
La joie de la scene qui l'entoure;
De celui pour qui toute la part de la pompe qui remplit
Le circuit des collines embellies par l'ete,
Est:--que son tombeau est vert;
Et ils desireraient profondement, pour la joie de leurs coeurs,
Entendre encore une fois sa voix vivante.

Le courant rythmique ici est, pour ainsi dire, voluptueux; on ne saurait
lire rien de plus melodieux. Ce poeme m'a toujours cause une remarquable
impression. L'intense melancolie qui perce, malgre tout, a la surface
des gracieuses pensees du poete sur son tombeau, nous fait tressaillir
jusqu'au fond de l'ame--et dans ce tressaillement se retrouve la plus
veritable elevation poetique. L'impression qu'il nous laisse est celle
d'une voluptueuse tristesse. Si, dans les autres compositions qui vont
suivre, on rencontre plus ou moins apparent un ton analogue a celui-la,
il est bon de se rappeler que cette teinte accusee de tristesse
est inseparable (comment ou pourquoi? je ne le sais) de toutes les
manifestations de la vraie Beaute. Mais c'est comme dit le poete:

Un sentiment de tristesse et d'angoisse
Qui n'a rien de la douleur,
Et qui ne ressemble au chagrin,
Que comme le brouillard ressemble a la pluie.

Cette teinte apparait clairement meme dans un poeme cependant si plein
de fantaisie et de brio, le _Toast_ d'Edward Coote Pinkney[75].

Je remplis cette coupe a celle qui est faite
De beaute seule--
Une femme, de son gracieux sexe
L'evident parangon;
A qui les plus purs elements
Et les douces etoiles ont donne
Une forme si belle que, semblable a l'air,
Elle est moins de la terre que du ciel.

Chacun de ses accents est une musique qui lui est propre,
Semblables a ceux des oiseaux du matin,
Et quelque

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