Derniers Contes

By Edgar Allan Poe

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aussi frais sont les jours qui ne sont plus.

Ah! tristes et etranges comme dans les sombres aurores d'ete
Le premier cri des oiseaux eveilles a demi,
Pour des oreilles mourantes, quand sous des yeux mourants
La croisee lentement en s'illuminant se dessine;

Aussi tristes, aussi etranges, sont les jours qui ne sont plus,
Aussi chers que des baisers rememores apres la mort,
Aussi doux que ceux qu'imagine une pensee sans espoir
Sur des levres reservees a d'autres; profonds comme l'amour,
Profonds comme le premier amour, entenebres de tous les regrets,
O mort dans la vie! tels sont les jours qui ne sont plus.

En essayant ainsi de vous exposer, quoique d'une facon bien rapide et
bien imparfaite, ma conception du principe poetique, je ne me suis
propose que de vous suggerer cette reflexion: c'est que, si ce principe
est strictement et simplement l'aspiration de l'ame humaine vers la
beaute surnaturelle, sa manifestation doit toujours se trouver dans une
emotion qui eleve l'ame, tout a fait independante de la passion qui
enivre le coeur, et de la verite qui satisfait la raison. Pour ce qui
regarde la passion, helas! elle tend plutot a degrader qu'a elever
l'ame. L'Amour, au contraire,--l'Amour,--le vrai, le divin Eros--la
Venus Uranienne si differente de la Venus Dioneenne--est sans contredit
le plus pur et le plus vrai de tous les themes poetiques. Quant a la
Verite, si par l'acquisition d'une verite particuliere nous arrivons
a percevoir de l'harmonie ou nous n'en voyions pas auparavant, nous
eprouvons alors en meme temps le veritable effet poetique; mais cet
effet ne doit s'attribuer qu'a l'harmonie seule, et nullement a la
verite qui n'a servi qu'a faire eclater cette harmonie.

Nous pouvons cependant nous faire plus directement une idee distincte de
ce qu'est la veritable poesie, en considerant quelques-uns des simples
elements qui produisent dans le poete lui-meme le veritable effet
poetique. Il reconnait l'ambroisie qui nourrit son ame dans les orbes
brillants qui etincellent dans le Ciel, dans les volutes de la fleur,
dans les bouquets formes par d'humbles arbustes, dans l'ondoiement des
champs de ble, dans l'obliquement des grands arbres vers le levant, dans
les bleus lointains des montagnes, dans le groupement des nuages, dans
le tintement des ruisseaux qui se derobent a demi, le miroitement des
rivieres d'argent, dans le repos des lacs isoles, dans les profondeurs
des sources solitaires ou se mirent les etoiles. Il la reconnait dans
les chants des oiseaux, dans la harpe d'Eole, dans le soupir du vent
nocturne, dans la voix

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Text Comparison with The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Comprising the details of a mutiny and atrocious butchery on board the American brig Grampus, on her way to the South Seas, in the month of June, 1827.

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After several ineffectual efforts, made during the lurches of the ship, and at the imminent risk of swamping the boat, I was finally disengaged from my perilous situation and taken on board--for the body proved to be my own.
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The Ariel was slightly put together, and in going down her frame naturally went to pieces; the deck of the cuddy, as might be expected, was lifted, by the force of the water rushing in, entirely from the main timbers, and floated (with other fragments, no doubt) to the surface--Augustus was buoyed up with it, and thus escaped a terrible death.
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By means of this cord I should be enabled readily to trace my way out without his guidance, provided any unlooked-for accident should render such a step necessary.
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Had I succeeded in reaching it, it is certain that my strength would have proved utterly inadequate to the task of getting over, and it was better in every respect that I failed.
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During the first portion of my imprisonment I had made free use of the cordials with which Augustus had supplied me, but they only served to excite fever, without in the least degree assuaging my thirst.
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CHAPTER IV.
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His demeanour was exceedingly capricious and even grotesque.
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The three men went away in about an hour, and no one else entered the forecastle all day.
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Only one was asleep, and he lying just at the foot of the companion-ladder, with a musket by his side.
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Peters now made me the signal.
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They had now been at sea twenty-four days, without holding more than a speaking communication with any vessel whatever.
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But this weakness was not of long duration.
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They are excellent and highly nutritious food, and have, no doubt, been the means of preserving the lives of thousands of seamen employed in the whale-fishery and other pursuits in the Pacific.
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It being late in the season, and no hope entertained of rounding these obstructions, Captain Cook now reluctantly turned to the northward.
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We had agreed, however, to pay a formal visit of leavestaking to the village, and Too-wit insisted so pertinaciously upon our keeping the promise, that we did not think it advisable to run the risk of offending him by a final refusal.
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the _cul-de-sac_.
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from the vapoury _white_ curtain of the South.