Original Text: 

Representative French Poetry, ed. Victor E. Graham, 2nd edn. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1965): 113-14. Charmes, 1926.

1Par la surprise saisie,
3Au sein de la Poésie
4En sépare son duvet:
5"O ma mère Intelligence,
6De qui la douceur coulait,
7Quelle est cette négligence
8Qui laisse tarir son lait!
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2] Une bouche: the poet who seeks sustenance from poetry. Back to Line
16] As the infant is gently rocked on the mother's nourishing bosom, so the poet's inspiration, like the white life-giving milk, comes from the darkness of mind. Back to Line
24] In the ecstasy of his inspiration, the poet experiences a transcendental vision of spiritual life. Back to Line
40] When the inspiration suddenly fails, the poet wonders why. Since he is the agent by which poetry is expressed they surely need each other. Back to Line
44] The answer is that undisciplined passion destroysinspiration. Back to Line
RPO poem Editors: 
Victor E. Graham
Data entry: Sharine Leung
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Special Copyright: 

Second edition copyright © 1965 University of Toronto Press. Reprinted with permission of the publisher, from which written permission must be obtained for any other edition or other means of reproduction. Librairie Gallimard, tous droits réservés.