Ten memorable works to understand poetry

Between the structure of modern lyricism and poetry from the antiquity, the energy of silence and word keep flowing, despite claims that after Auschwitz, lyricism was impossible. How can one choose ten poems among the almost infinite sequence of poems that create something from the fugitive, from the sacred or from the nothing? From Pindarus to Rilke, from Garcilaso to Baudelaire, any choice is a risk. Here are the ten poems of my big gamble.


Lanquand li jorn son lonc en mai
(When the days are long in May)


(ca. 1120-40)

This poem by Prince Blaia, from the second generation of trobadours, is constructed from the sonority of the term lonh (far), which appears as mot refranh (rhyming in the second and fourth lines of each stanza). Amor de lonh (love from far away) is the expression to refer to unseen love. This is, therefore, love in dreams. Rudel is the poet of unreality of love.