Si tu veux nous nous aimerons

I recently came across this poem from Mallarme, with whose poetry I am not very familiar, and was struck by its delicate charm; its focus on a brief moment and its evocation of the magic of a silent kiss.

 
Stéphane MALLARME   (1842-1898)

Si tu veux nous nous aimerons
Si tu veux nous nous aimerons
Avec tes lèvres sans le dire
Cette rose ne l’interromps
Qu’à verser un silence pire

Jamais de chants ne lancent prompts
Le scintillement du sourire
Si tu veux nous nous aimerons
Avec tes lèvres sans le dire

Muet muet entre les ronds
Sylphe dans la pourpre d’empire
Un baiser flambant se déchire
Jusqu’aux pointes des ailerons
Si tu veux nous nous aimerons.

From <http://poesie.webnet.fr/lesgrandsclassiques/poemes/stephane_mallarme/si_tu_veux_nous_nous_aimerons.html&gt;

Three short stanzas, with repetition in each stanza of the central implication of the kiss – it is an invitation to love. The first two times this is stated, at the beginning of the first stanza and at the end of the second stanza, this is followed by the qualification, that the silent kiss will achieve this. By the end of the poem, in the last line, this does not need to be repeated.

Mallarme also insists in various ways on the silence of the moment – “un silence pire”, “avec tes levres sans le dire”, “muet, muet”. But the silence does not prevent expression of the magic of the moment, you can tell by the dazzling smile which bursts forth, “le scintillement du sourire”.

The Poetry Dude

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