Proust: ‘The Muse Curses’

“Remembrance of Things Past”
August 13th 2017 | #111


“All the products of one period have something in common; the artists who illustrate the poetry of their generation are the same artists who are employed by the big financial houses. And nothing reminds me so much of the monthly parts of Notre-Dame de Paris, and of various books by Gérard de Nerval, that used to hang outside the grocer’s door at Combray, than does, in its rectangular and flowery border, supported by recumbent river-gods, a ‘personal share’ in the Water Company.” ― Marcel Proust, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower

ghost of proust at grave

One thought on “Proust: ‘The Muse Curses’

  1. Une Allée du Luxembourg – Gérard de Nerval

    Elle a passé, la jeune fille,
    Vive et preste comme un oiseau :
    A la main une fleur qui brille,
    A la bouche un refrain nouveau.

    C’est peut-être la seule au monde
    Dont le coeur au mien répondrait,
    Qui, venant dans ma nuit profonde
    D’un seul regard l’éclaircirait!

    Mais non, – ma jeunesse est finie…
    Adieu, doux rayon qui m’a lui, –
    Parfum, jeune fille, harmonie…
    Le bonheur passait, – il a fui !


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