Fagoté plaisamment comme un vrai Simonnet,

Today’s synopsis: our playful French aristocratic poet sets out to write a sonnet about writing a sonnet, then can’t find a way to finish it, so ends up delivering a non-sonnet about not being able to complete a sonnet. The clue is in the title. Enjoy…

Marc-Antoine Girard de SAINT-AMANT   (1594-1661)

Sonnet inachevé

 
Fagoté plaisamment comme un vrai Simonnet,
Pied chaussé, l’autre nu, main au nez, l’autre en poche,
J’arpente un vieux grenier, portant sur ma caboche
Un coffin de Hollande en guise de bonnet.

Là, faisant quelquefois le saut du sansonnet
Et dandinant du cul comme un sonneur de cloche,
Je m’égueule de rire, écrivant d’une broche
En mots de Pathelin ce grotesque sonnet.

Mes esprits, à cheval sur ces coquecigrues,
Ainsi que papillons s’envolent dans les nues,
Y cherchant quelque fin qu’on ne puisse trouver.

Nargue ! C’est trop rêver, c’est trop ronger ses ongles
Si quelqu’un sait la rime, il peut bien l’achever.

From <http://poesie.webnet.fr/lesgrandsclassiques/poemes/marc_antoine_girard_de_saint_amant/sonnet_inacheve.html&gt;

Right away, the poet gives us a self-portrait, emphasising his ridiculousness as he attempts to compose these verses – he is wrapped up like some Simple Simon, with a shoe on one foot, the other foot bare, picking his nose with one hand, the other hand in his pocket, he paces up and down an old garret with a Dutch sock on his head for a hat. He jigs around, wobbles his bottom like a bellringer, and bursts out laughing from time to time as he attempts to write the sonnet, which he now knows to be grotesque.

But no, the rhyme doesn’t come. However hard he scratches his head or sends his thoughts into the clouds, and so, voila, a 13 line poem with a challenge to any reader to find a last line which rhymes. Now what would be a good rhyme for “ongles”?…

The Poetry Dude

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