By Alphonse de Lamartine

Graziella, lumineuse apparition au beau milieu d’une nuit de tempête… Le jeune Lamartine ne lui résistera pas. Il a dix-huit ans et découvre l’Italie ; elle est los angeles fille d’un pêcheur de l’île de Procida. Premiers frissons d’amour, serments volés parmi les vignes et les jardins fleuris d’Italie.

Mais le drame couve. Les promesses d’éternité et d’absolu n’effacent pas le poids des conventions.
Bien des années plus tard, le poète se souvient, photos obsédantes et cruelles de l. a. déchirure d’un amour pur.

Couverture : Graziella, Jules Joseph Lefebvre (1834-1912) © The Metropolitan Museum of artwork, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais/ photo of the MMA

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Phorkyas, in the proscenium, raises herself to gigantic height, steps down, takes off mask and veil, and shows herself as Mephistopheles in order to of.. n ACT FOUR High mountains (lines 10,039-10,344): A cloud approaches, parts, and Faust emerges. After a fine soliloquy, 1. 40 1ntroductwn «a seven-league boot appears, another follows soon. Mephistopheles gets off. p Faust is impressed by the grandeur of nature, Mephisto is not. Mephisto spices his remarks with quotations from and allusions to Ephesians 6: 12 and Matthew 4, the reference& being given in the text.

If anybody can produce a collection of passages better than Goethe's, let him offer these creations as his OWDwith apologies to Goethe, if necessary. Most attempts at improvements, however, would never deserve a reading in their own right. Shelley did not take such liberties when he translated the "Prologue in Heaven" from Faust; when he had some. thing of his own to say, he did it over his own name. nslator as poet were true. Rilke did a great deal of translating, much of it superb, but never took the liberties which most trans- 48 Introduction lators claim as their unalienable rights.

First day at the university. The young Bae.. calaureus is very full of himseH and extremely aggressive, leading Mephisto to say: Introduction 35 You do not seem to know how rude you are. In German, this line is often quoted, as is the retort: When you're polite in German, you are lying. At that point, Mephisto, whose chair has casters, rolls forward to the front of the stage and addresses the audi.. ence: Up he,e, I fear, I'm quite unpopular; Will you g,ant me asylum, if he becomes too trying? " His final speech isa parody of philosophical Idealism·· ("'The world was not till I created· if'), and commentators have ar...

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