Farai un vers de dreit nien
(I will make a poem about absolutely nothing)
GUILHEM DE PEITIEU
“Moderns imitating the ancient is not too difficult; ancient imitating the moderns is almost impossible, but when that happens, it is a prodigy”. This is the case in this poem by Guilhem de Peitieu, the gateway to chivalric lyricism, the origin of modern poetry, according to some, and he does so under the sign of negation: about nothing, not even himself, not about anybody, not about love, and concludes that “the poem is already done”, that is, a pure poem, without references, only phonemes, words, words.