Camille - Asile de Montevergues (1914)

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Camille - Asile de Montevergues (1914)

#1 Post by FranktheFrank » 10 Jul 2018, 22:02

I am the only genius in this family.
Paul Claudel.

The bioscope director shows:
Camille sits eating on a bench, attractive despite
the bleakness of the asylum, black sleek hair, fine
bone structure and noble air. She is ministers
to the lunatic who makes gurgling sounds, leads
her gently inside. She takes up a pen to write,
but it is too much for her, cries in disappointment.
She runs like a sparrow to the chapel. The spirit
of her terminated foetus hangs over her. Guilt
and shame eats away at her. She harbours the
hurt of Auguste's betrayals, his distancing from
her despair. He signed her work as his, the ultimate
duplicity, to rob a lover of her art. He abhors her work:
'The Mature Age', too explicitly sexual, not decent
for a woman to allude to the carnal, to show the male
phallus so large, animal, pornographically indecent.
He cannot cope with her illness, he abandons her,
his rejection kills all feelings for. What had been pure
he has discarded as a filthy rag. Later, Debussy sought
to woo her, she told me: "Jessie, after Rodin I lost
all interest in men." She was faithful herself, she
gave unconditional love. Debussy hoped his:
'Clair de Lune' would seal his attempt to win her,
alas it was not to be. They remained friends
and so do we, true friends, I visit when I can,
she is as sane as you and I. She has adjusted
to the cruelty inflicted by her family, to commit
her to this place, yet she is not at peace. She longs
for the purity of her youth, the barren winter trees,
the cleansing wind of home at Villeneuve-sur-Fère.

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Re: Camille - Asile de Montevergues (1914)

#2 Post by FranktheFrank » 14 Sep 2018, 21:43

I think this is an advertisement, and wonder if I should report it to Michel Neff.

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Re: Camille - Asile de Montevergues (1914)

#3 Post by Kenneth2816 » 17 Sep 2018, 19:56

Yes

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Re: Camille - Asile de Montevergues (1914)

#4 Post by BobBradshaw » 17 Sep 2018, 20:40

Break this poem up into stanzas....the first stopping at the word "disappointment". I think it will be easier to find places that could use a little revision....a good foundation has been set for a darn good poem.

FranktheFrank
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Re: Camille - Asile de Montevergues (1914)

#5 Post by FranktheFrank » 18 Sep 2018, 15:36

Thanks Bob, I shall use.

Thank you Ken, you have set the bar for terseness.

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Re: Camille - Asile de Montevergues (1914)

#6 Post by IndianaDP » 19 Sep 2018, 02:00

Great story telling, it makes me want to know more.

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