Derniers Contes

By Edgar Allan Poe

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Nous saisissons avec empressement cette occasion d'ajouter le
remarquable jugement de Poe sur Shelley aux nombreuses appreciations de
la Critique Anglaise que nous avons citees dans notre livre: _Shelley:
sa vie et ses oeuvres_ (1 v. in-18) qui commente et complete notre
traduction.

"Si jamais homme a noye ses pensees dans l'expression, ce fut Shelley.
Si jamais poete a chante (comme les oiseaux chantent)--par une impulsion
naturelle,--avec ardeur, avec un entier abandon--pour lui seul--et pour
la pure joie de son propre chant--ce poete est l'auteur de la _Plante
Sensitive_. D'art, en dehors de celui qui est l'instinct infaillible du
Genie--il n'en a pas, ou il l'a completement dedaigne. En realite il
dedaignait la Regle qui est l'emanation de la Loi, parce qu'il
trouvait sa loi dans sa propre ame. Ses chants ne sont que des notes
frustes--ebauches stenographiques de poemes--ebauches qui suffisaient
amplement a sa propre intelligence, et qu'il ne voulut pas se donner la
peine de developper dans leur plenitude pour celle de ses semblables.
Il est difficile de trouver dans ses ouvrages une conception vraiment
achevee. C'est pour cette raison qu'il est le plus fatigant des poetes.
Mais s'il fatigue, c'est plutot pour avoir fait trop peu que trop; ce
qui chez lui semble le developpement diffus d'une idee n'est que la
concentration concise d'un grand nombre; et c'est cette concision qui le
rend obscur.

"Pour un tel homme, imiter etait hors de question, et ne repondait a
aucun but--car il ne s'adressait qu'a son propre esprit, qui n'eut
pas compris une langue etrangere--c'est pourquoi il est profondement
original. Son etrangete provient de la perception intuitive de cette
verite que Lord Bacon a seul exprimee en termes precis, quand il a dit
"Il n'y a pas de beaute exquise qui n'offre quelque etrangete dans ses
proportions." Mais que Shelley soit obscur, original, ou etrange, il est
toujours sincere. Il ne connait pas l'_affectation_."

[71] N.P. Willis, essayste, conteur et poete americain. Poe lui a
consacre un long article dans ses Essais Critiques sur la litterature
americaine. Il reproche surtout a ses compositions "une teinte marquee
de mondanite et d'affectation."

[72] Poe est revenu a plusieurs reprises sur ce morceau dans ses _Notes
marginales_. L'eloge qu'il fait ici du poete americain Longfellow ne
l'empeche pas de le juger en maint endroit avec une singuliere severite.
"H.W. Longfellow," dit-il dans un curieux essai intitule _Autographie_
ou il rapproche le caractere et le genie des ecrivains de leur ecriture,
"a droit a la premiere place parmi les poetes de l'Amerique--du moins a
la premiere place parmi ceux qui se sont mis en evidence comme poetes.
Ses qualites sont toutes de l'ordre le

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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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