By Louis Aragon

On retrouvera dans Les Yeux et l. a. Mémoire le vers et l'accent du Crève-coeur, des Yeux d'Elsa, de l. a. Diane française. Les thèmes que développe ici Aragon sont différents sans doute de ceux qui animaient ces oeuvres : c'est que les circonstances ne sont plus les mêmes...Qu'on ne s'y trompe pas, Aragon, dans ce huge problème qui half des prophéties du Cheval roux, le roman d'Elsa Triolet, de ses évocations terribles, est un poète du bonheur. C'est le bonheur des hommes qui est le yet de cette polémique, de cette violence et de cette douceur verbales comme on en a rarement vu dans los angeles littérature française. Et ce poème, écrit à l. a. première personne, donne un sens plus clair, sinon plus nouveau, à los angeles quête du bonheur selon Helvétius et Stendhal, du bonheur selon Saint-Just...

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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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