Occitan poetry  980-2006

by Joan-Frederic Brun



Joan-Pèire Baldit

Medieval poetry: the kingdom of love
XVI-XVIII century: tasty baroque antiliteratures
XIX th century: toward a renaissance
XIX th century (1854-1914):  spreading and sclerosis of the Provençal miracle
XX th century (1920-1965): the anguish of no future
XX th century (1965-1981): "un país que vòl viure" (a country that just wants to live)
XX th century (1981-2000): postoccitanisme
XXI th century: just a living literature among many other ones? 


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E l'estranha calor roja
d'una teulada susarenca
lo sang
que giscla d'un tèrme
e las venas de la tèrra
ofèrtas al solelhàs

per se jaire
sul rocàs fresc
aimar a ne dementir l'oblit
aimar una filha bruna
coma lo vièlh estiu
que devestís sas cambas
son pitre
emai sa jovença fèra

coma ma man
que tornar fa créisser
nòstra desirança
pòtas contra pòtas
aubre de la saba

ont venguèt morir
l'aiga negra
de sa cabeladura
metrem una corona de sable
per la dolor de sos uèlhs


And the strange red heat / of a roof of sweat / blood / which is gushing from a hill / and veins of earth offered to the big sun / in order to lay on the fresh rock / to love so that forgiveness will be contradicted / to love a maiden dark-skinned like the old summer / who unveils her legs, her chest /and her wild youth. Just like my hand that stirs our desire / lips on lips / tree of the sap / where the black water of her hair came to die. We'll put a sand crown for the pain of its eyes.

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