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Rappelle-toi Barbara
Il pleuvait sans cesse sur Brest ce jour là
Et tu marchais souriante
Épanouie ravie ruisselante
Sous la pluie
Rappelle-toi Barbara...
Oh Barbara
Quelle connerie la guerre
Qu'es-tu devenue maintenant
Sous cette pluie de fer
De feu d'acier et de sang
Et celui qui te serrait dans ses bras
Amoureusement
Est-il mort disparu ou bien encore vivant...
Mass Market Paperback, 254 pages
Published March 1st 1972 by Folio (first published June 5th 1949)
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Yann
Apr 09, 2015 Yann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: france, po-sie, world-wars
Pater noster

Notre Père qui êtes aux cieux
Restez-y
Et nous nous resterons sur la terre
Qui est quelquefois si jolie
Avec ses mystères de New York
Et puis ses mystères de Paris
Qui valent bien celui de la Trinité
Avec son petit canal de l'Ourcq
Sa grande muraille de Chine
Sa rivière de Morlaix
Ses bêtises de Cambrai
Avec son Océan Pacifique
Et ses deux bassins aux Tuileries
Avec ses bons enfants et ses mauvais sujets
Avec toutes les merveilles du monde
Qui sont là
Simplement sur la terre
Offertes à tout le monde
É
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Teresa
Jacques Prévert, poeta e argumentista francês, nasceu em 1900 e morreu em 1977.
Palavras foi o seu primeiro livro de poemas o qual obteve grande sucesso, apesar, ou, por não se enquadrar nas regras "normais" deste género literário.
Recorrendo a trocadilhos e aliterações, Prévert faz das palavras música; joga com elas e tece, com ironia mordaz, críticas à igreja, à guerra, à família, ao Homem...
A maioria dos poemas são muito longos, ocupando várias páginas. Seleccionei dois pequenos, de que gostei
...more
Yvette
Jan 01, 2015 Yvette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tout le monde.
Ce sont magnifiques poèmes. C'est tout!

LE CANCRE

Il dit non avec la tête
mais il dit oui avec le cœur
il dit oui à ce qu'il aime
il dit non au professeur
il est debout
on le questionne
et tous les problèmes sont posés
soudain le fou rire le prend
et il efface tout
les chiffres et les mots
les dates et les noms
les phrases et les pièges
et malgré les menaces du maître
sous les huées des enfants prodiges
avec des craies de toutes les couleurs
sur le tableau noir du malheur
il dessine le visage du bonheur
-Jacques
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Lucrezia
Oct 14, 2012 Lucrezia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recensire Prévert
sotto la pioggia
alla luce di una candela
fra gli effluvi degli olii essenziali
gemiti, pianti, urla e ghiaccio
fra fratelli che cadono,
dal nulla e per nulla,
come pere...


Bene ,direi che mi ha contagiata abbastanza. Prima che il poveretto si rivolti nella tomba per le mie ,evidentemente, scarse doti poetiche, meglio che passi a parlare di lui, che un poeta lo era e, sicuramente, migliore .


Che si può dire di una raccolta come paroles? Amavo Prévert già da prima, avendo letto una
...more
qwerty
Apr 22, 2016 qwerty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La mère fait du tricot
Le fils fait la guerre
Elle trouve ça tout naturel la mère
Et le père qu'est-ce qu'il fait le père ?
Il fait des affaires
Sa femme fait du tricot
Son fils la guerre
Lui des affaires
Il trouve ça tout naturel le père
Et le fils et le fils
Qu'est-ce qu'il trouve le fils ?
Il ne trouve rien absolument rien le fils
Le fils sa mère fait du tricot son père fait des affaires lui la guerre
Quand il aura fini la guerre
Il fera des affaires avec son père
La guerre continue la mère continue elle tr
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Andy
Mar 19, 2008 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: post-WW II French poetry
One of my favorite poets, Prevert constructs simple lines with unforgettable images...
"Where are you going, handsome jailer with the key that's touched in blood?"
"In the merry-go-round of lies the red horse of your smile goes round"
If you like good poetry and you haven't read him yet you owe it to yourself to discover his work.
Ben
Aug 15, 2014 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had been seeking out Prévert’s Paroles for the past several years, but I never found it on the shelves of any of my favorite used bookstores. Occasionally, out of desperation, I might purchase a book on Amazon, but that is rare and typically only the case if it is a book that I intend to read for work (i.e., there is some sort of deadline by which I need to read a particular book) or my to-read shelf is running low on choices. But, as neither of these scenarios was the case, I simply did what ...more
Brandon Alan
Mar 23, 2016 Brandon Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 2016, french
TO PAINT THE PORTRAIT OF A BIRD

First paint a cage
with an open door
then paint
something pretty
something simple
something beautiful
something useful
for the bird
then place the canvas against a tree
in a garden
in a wood
or in a forest
hide behind the tree
without speaking
without moving...
Sometimes the bird comes quickly
but he can just as well spend long years
before deciding
Don't get discouraged
wait
wait years if necessary
the swiftness or slowness of the coming
of the bird having no rapport
with the success of
...more
Edina Rose
Nov 01, 2013 Edina Rose rated it really liked it
Shelves: french, poetry
Notre père qui est aux cieux.
Restez-y.
Et nous, nous resterons sur la terre


All-time fav. The reason I like Prevert is the same reason I like Brassens: provocative, non-conformist, talented. Rebel.
W.B.
Mar 06, 2009 W.B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like straight shooters
Recommended to W.B. by: Chance and France
If you don't own the City Lights Paroles, do yourself a favor and pick it up.

He's right about Prevert's excesses and failures, and about his genius and relevance too.

Ferlinghetti's translations are for the most part as lucent and as loosey-goosey as the originals in most cases.

When Prevert chooses to be obtuse or clunky, Ferlinghetti respectfully follows.

If you don't understand I'm not being bitchy with what I just wrote, you probably haven't read much Prevert.

It's really the charm of the style;
...more
Emilie
Jan 16, 2010 Emilie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: français
Je dois admettre ne pas être fanatique de la poésie en général, mais le plus que je lisais, le plus que j'adorais! Une mention particulière à ses poèmes anti-militaristes et anti-cléricalistes...des vers qui restent avec vous longtemps après avoir terminé le recueil. Magnifique.
Anh Quan
Jun 25, 2013 Anh Quan rated it really liked it
Shelves: french
love the poems
les mi feuilleton-mi nouvel-mi poeme, pas trop
Anne
May 14, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it
Shelves: french
Dit is mijn eerste recensie ooit. Maar als een van de eerste gedichten begint met 'Notre Père qui êtes aux cieux / Restez-y' ('Onze Vader die in de hemelen zijt, blijf daar maar'), dan weet je dat je zo veel mogelijk mensen kennis moet laten maken met dit meesterwerk. Het is van begin tot eind genieten met voornamelijk humoristische gedichten in vrij simpel Frans. Laat gelijk ook goed zien dat gedichten over de verschrikkingen van de oorlogen (Prévert werd geboren in 1900, 'Paroles' kwam vlak na ...more
Andrew
May 27, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing
I've only read City Lights' English language translation but it is still one of the most beautiful single collections of poems I've ever read. "Pater Noster" is definitely the most electrifying poem of the collection. "Rue De Seine" has almost convinced me that short broken poems may in fact be the superior and most impressive mode for building narrative. Poems like "Alicante," "The Last Supper," and "To Paint the Portrait of the Bird" clearly take their influence more from the modernist masters ...more
Jared
Mar 18, 2014 Jared rated it really liked it
Delightful poetry. On the surface it all appears very simple and direct, but a closer, thoughtful reading reveals incredible depth. From love and loss to the horrors of war, Prévert really delivers a fantastic account of wartime France.

I often have a hard time with "modern" poetry in that I can't discern a metre or rhythm, and the form is often ignored entirely, but most of Prévert's work in this collection creates its own rhythm out of the repetitions and word selection - it's just delightful!
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David Marchese
Sep 05, 2010 David Marchese rated it really liked it
Whimsical and sad in that particular French way. The cover of my version just reads: "Paroles: Prevert." which I think my fellow subway riders were reading as "Parole: Pervert," (from which I derived some small satisfaction).
Josh
Jul 10, 2008 Josh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
reading Prevert slanted my brain enough to never come back to a poem and feel ashamed for incorporating subtlety - the indiscreet.
TinHouseBooks
Apr 28, 2014 TinHouseBooks rated it it was amazing
Poet and screenwriter Jacques Prévert wrote, “Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.” These past weeks I’ve been reading Paroles: Selected Poems with translations by Lawrence Ferlinghetti from the City Lights Pocket Poets Series. Prévert’s poems are unadorned and vibrant and often talk about Paris just after Second World War and many of his titles make their own heady spring impression—“To Paint a Picture of a Bird,” “The Red Horse,” “Breakfast,”“The Return ...more
Wade WOFFORD
Aug 27, 2007 Wade WOFFORD rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: readagain
one of my favorite books of poetry ever. prevert's command of meaning - even across translation - is awe-inspiring...
Kristin
May 02, 2009 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Prevert captures the every day in all of its beauty and ugliness, joy and pain.
Keith zak
Jun 21, 2007 Keith zak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Some of the most beautiful and heartbreaking poetry that you will ever read.
Ty
Apr 08, 2009 Ty rated it really liked it
Shelves: francais, poetry-slam
Magnifique, à lire à tous prix.
Amyra
Feb 07, 2014 Amyra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I loved every single poem. This is definitely one of my favourite books. Through his lines Prévert creates unforgettable images making his poems so unique.
This is one of my favourite poems:

" Vers la fin d'un discours extrêmement important
le grand homme d'état trébuchant
sur une belle phrase creuse
tombe dedans
et désemparé la bouche grande ouverte
haletant
montre les dents
et la carie dentaire de ses pacifiques raisonnements
met à vif le nerf de la guerre
la délicate question d'argent."
Jenna
First thing I've got to say is: I've never read a preface in which the translator (in this case, Lawrence Ferlinghetti) worked so hard to distance himself from the material being translated. (Paraphrase of Ferlinghetti's preface: "Just because I translated these poems doesn't mean I think Prevert is a great poet! I actually think he's really mediocre. Like, really really mediocre.")

That being said, I liked this book. Prevert occupies a special place in my heart, since he's the first Gallic poet
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Himalayan Dharma Bum
I'm speechless. The simplicity, the elegance, the eloquence, the love, the anger, the wisdom.
I'm aware that Ferlinghetti of course did not include all of Prévert's Paroles in this edition, but what great justice he's done to his source. These are some of the most beautiful translations I've read from any language into English. In particular, I'm moved by "Picasso's Magic Lantern."
Sarah Elizabeth Chitwood
"Alicante," "Je suis comme Je suis," "Déjeuner du matin," "Pour faire le portrait d'un oiseau," "Presque," "Chez la Fleuriste," et "L'Automne" sont les plus beaux poèmes du livre, à mon avis.
Laura B.
Apr 10, 2016 Laura B. rated it liked it
Oh ! Prévert, el primer escritor francés que leí cuando aprendía francés.
Poemas y cuentos sencillos que desprenden imágenes con mucho sentimiento y sensibilidad.
Veronique Zancarini
Jul 03, 2014 Veronique Zancarini rated it really liked it
IMMENSE ET ROUGE

Immense et rouge
Au-dessus du Grand Palais
Le soleil d'hiver apparaît
Et disparaît
Comme lui mon coeur va disparaître
Et tout mon sang va s'en aller
S'en aller à ta recherche
Mon amour
Ma beauté
Et te trouver
Là où tu es.
Joey Gamble
May 02, 2014 Joey Gamble rated it it was ok
Un drôle de livre. Quelques vers (peut-on les appeler "vers"?) brillent comme on espère qu'un vers brillera. Mais la pluplart sont des galets: petits, gris, silent.
Philippe Mirabel
Aug 25, 2014 Philippe Mirabel rated it it was amazing
Magnifique livre de poésie. Prévert est un auteur génial dont la plume m'émerveille toujours.
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Jacques Prévert est un poète et scénariste français, né le 4 février 1900 à Neuilly-sur-Seine, et mort le 11 avril 1977 à Omonville-la-Petite (Manche). Auteur d'un premier succès, le recueil de poèmes, Paroles, il devint un poète populaire grâce à son langage familier et à ses jeux sur les mots. Ses poèmes sont depuis lors célèbres dans le monde francophone et massivement appris dans les écoles fr ...more
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Trois allumettes une à une allumées dans la nuit
La première pour voir ton visage tout entier
La seconde pour voir tes yeux
La dernière pour voir ta bouche
Et l'obscurité tout entière pour me rappeler tout cela
En te serrant dans mes bras”
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