Le Chat


Guillaume Apollinaire


Je souhaite dans ma maison:
Une femme ayant sa raison,
Un chat passant parmi les livres,
Des amis en toute saison
Sans lesquels je ne peux pas vivre.






Övers. Gunnar Harding


I mitt hushåll vill jag finna:
en inte allt för tråkig kvinna,
En katt som kan gå bland böckerna och spinna
Samt vänner med vilka jag kan konversera
Och utan vilka jag inte kan existera.




The Cat


Guillaume Apollinaire


In my house I want:
A reasonable woman,
A cat passing among the books,
And friends in every season,
Whom I cannot live without.




Author Bio

French-Italian-Polish poet Guillaume Apollinaire was born in Rome in 1880 and died in Paris at the end of the war in 1918. His real name was Wilhelm- Apollinaris von Kostrowitzky. His mother was a Polish noble lady, who lived in the Vatican.

His manifesto, "The New Spirit and the Poets" (L'Esprit Nouveau et les Poëtes), was published in 1917.





"Le Chat" by Guillaume Apollinaire.


This page last updated 01-25-03.

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