Elsa’s Eyes * Louis ARAGON Poem

Following the set Crève-Cœur (April 1941), which marked his return to poetry after ten years of interruption, Louis Aragon (1897-1982) publishes in March 1942 in Neufchâtel, Les Yeux d’Elsa – Elsa’s Eyes. This remembrance, so similar to the poetry written between June 1941 and February 1942, tells the story of his love for Elsa Triolet, his friend, his other half of a mystical couple, his soul mate, with whom he remained until her death in 1970.

He also wrote Le Roman inachevé (1956), Elsa (1959), Le Fou d’Elsa (1963), Il ne m’est Paris que d’Elsa (1964).

Aragon is a poet who loves the courtship, loves the idea of loving a woman. He composed his most beautiful poems while in love.

” Ma place de l’étoile, à moi, est dans mon cœur, et si vous voulez connaître le nom de l’étoile, mes poèmes suffisamment le livrent. ”

The place of my star, for me, is in my heart, and if you would like to know the name of this star, my poems will be enough to deliver it.

Pétrarque has sung about Laure, Ronsard Hélène, Lamartine, Elvire, and Aragon has selected Elsa as the recipient of his love poems. These are the most beautiful love letters ever written  Les Yeux d’Elsa is one of the biggest works of art in the French poetry.


Margaret Atwood – Fallen Women Quote

it was about men, the kind who caused women to fall. I did not ascribe any intentions to these men.

They were like the weather, they didn’t have a mind. They merely drenched you or struck you like lightning and moved on, mindless as blizzards. Or they were like rocks, a line of sharp slippery rocks with jagged edges. You could walk with care along between the rocks, picking your steps, and if you slipped you’d fall and cut yourself, but it was no use blaming the rocks.

That must be what was meant by fallen women. Fallen women were women who had fallen onto men and hurt themselves. There was some suggestion of downward motion, against one’s will and not with the will of anyone else. Fallen women were not pulled-down women or pushed women, merely fallen.

Of course there was Eve and the Fall; but there was nothing about falling in that story, which was only about eating, like most children’s stories.

Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye

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Cat’s eye by Margaret Atwood

I think I have a new favourite book! Margaret Atwood has this way of talking about relationships between men and women and women and other women that cuts through the surface and presents a raw image of raw emotions (Margaret Atwood -The Blind AssassinMargaret Atwood – Life before man, The edible woman – Margaret Atwood,The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood).

This one though, this one.. It was so good that I had to take breather days to be able to process the details correctly. Not since Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects have I been so disturbed by the life of pre-teen girls, the bullying, the meaness, the sorrow of the outcast.


Cat’s Eye * Margaret Atwood – Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space

The book starts off with this gorgeous quote about time and dimensions of space but the entire discussion about time and space happens between a 9th grader and an 11th grader. Brother and sister pin down time in a manner that would make Stephen Hawking proud. Excerpt is from Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood – a great Canadian writer who has not shied away from the most peculiar of Sci-Fi theories in her book Margaret Atwood – In other worlds.

Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space. If you can bend space you can bend time also, and if you knew enough and could move faster than light you could travel backwards in time and exist in two places at once.

Other works include Margaret Atwood – MaddAdamOryx and Crake * Margaret Atwood and Year of the Flood * Margaret Atwood * Book review

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