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" C'était un grand Vaisseau taillé dans l'or massif:
Ses mâts touchaient l'azur, sur des mers inconnues;
La Cyprine d'amour, cheveux épars, chairs nues,
S'étalait à sa proue, au soleil excessif."

Mais vint une nuit frapper le grand écueil
Dans l’Océan trompeur où chantait la Sirène,
Et le naufrage horrible inclina sa carène
Aux profondeurs du Gouffre, immuable cercueil.

Ce fut un Vaisseau d’Or, dont les flancs diaphanes
Révélaient des trésors que les marins profanes,
Dégoût, Haine et Névrose, entre eux ont disputés.

Que reste‑t‑il de lui dans la tempête brève ?
Qu’est devenu mon cœur, navire déserté ?
Hélas ! Il a sombré dans l’abîme du Rêve !"

(Translation: It was a great ship built of solid gold :
Its masts reached to the skies on uncharted seas ;
The Goddess of Love, her hair streaming, her flesh bare,
Flaunted herself on the prow beneath a blazing sun.

Then one night it struck the great reef
In that treacherous ocean where the Siren sang,
And the horrible shipwreck cast its keel
To the depths of the abyss, a changeless coffin.

It was a Ship of Gold whose diaphanous sides
Revealed treasures which those profane mariners,
Loathing, Hate and Neurosis, disputed among themselves.

What remains of it in the brief tempest ?
What has become of my heart, deserted ship ?
Alas ! It has foundered in the depths of the Dream !)

This French language poem, is titled 'Le Vaisseau d'Or' (The Ship of Gold). Its famous French Canadian author spent most of his life in a psychiatric institution where he died in 1941.

Who was this poet?




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Michel Tremblay Charles Baudelaire Arthur Rimbaud Émile Nelligan
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