Designed to acquaint an English-speaking public with an immense element of Belgian literature, this bilingual anthology contains poems and prose poems by way of twenty-eight girls, awarded in chronological order in keeping with their date of beginning. A biobibliographical precis introduces each one writer. a large choice of topics, kinds, moods, and poetic activities are represented. The foreword deals a basic survey of the Belgian poetic scene from a literary and sociological perspective.
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Et d’elle j’ai joui plus que je ne puis dire Et de vous je me suis grisée, et j’ai vu rire Dans vos yeux clairs, le rire immense de l’Eté. (Pour Axel de Missie) Marie Nizet 5 Maheli’s Song You were bewitched, at the command Of a blond lover so dear, Who now is in a distant land, But I am here! Bring me joy as you recall The delights that used to be: Desire her, and die enthralled, But take me! She is the one who sets aflame The pyre where for you I pine. She may have your soul, but I proclaim Your body mine!
C’était un jour bleu d’été. A Folkestone en Angleterre, Où les vieux collèges verts Dormaient leur calme congé Dans l’herbe des monastères. L’église trop bien cirée De Folkestone en Angleterre, Et les lys du baptistère, Et les vitraux peu teintés, Et le joyeux cimetière, Quand irons-nous les aimer A Folkestone en Angleterre? Nous avons pris notre thé A Folkestone en Angleterre, Dans un hôtel du passé, Aux meubles d’acajou clair. Et cette salle à manger, Et ces compotiers de verre, Et ces pelouses bombées Sous les chênes noirs et verts, Que cela nous a charmés, A Folkestone en Angleterre!
In 1937, Marie Gevers was elected to the Académie Royale de Langue et de Littérature françaises, the first Belgian woman to be so honored. As a novelist, she received several prestigious awards, and her works have been translated into German, Danish, Dutch and other languages. Marie Gevers is perhaps at her best when she writes of her life in Missembourg or evokes local customs and legends. One of her memoirs, Vie et mort d’un étang (Life and death of a pond) is considered by many critics to be her masterpiece (the pond referred to was, of course, located on the family estate).