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French Poem Readings

“Mars” de Maurice Carême (Audio + Video)

Camille Chevalier-Karfis By Camille Chevalier-Karfis on March 17, 2014
hail in france poetry reading audio

This French poem puts a positive twist on hail – an incredible phenomenon if you ask me! Listen to my clear recording and watch the video of my 9 years old daughter who learned this poem in school.

Click on the audio link below to listen to my clear recording of Maurice Carême’s  French poem

Il tombe encore des grêlons,
Mais on sait bien que c’est pour rire.
Quand les nuages se déchirent,
Le ciel écume de rayons.

Le vent caresse les bourgeons
Si longuement qu’il les fait luire.
Il tombe encore des grêlons,
Mais on sait bien que c’est pour rire.

Les fauvettes et les pinsons
Ont tant de choses à se dire
Que dans les jardins en délire
On oublie les premiers bourdons.
Il tombe encore des grêlons…

Traduction – Translation

Intermediate & Above

Easy French Poetry

Hail is still falling
But we know it’s a joke.
When the clouds part,
The sky foams with rays.

The wind caresses buds
For long it makes them shine.
Hail is still falling,
But we know that it’s a joke.

Warblers and finches
Have so much to say
That in the garden’s craziness
We forget the first bumblebees.
Hail is still falling…

Pointers for Pronunciation

This poem has a rhythm in 8 feet (sort of poetic syllables), so to respect it, you should pronounce letters that are usually silent (like a final E) and do liaisons we wouldn’t do when we speak.

In this poem, the rhymes in “ire” are short, so in the “ir” sound, the r is soft, finishing the “i” sound, and therefore counting for one syllable, not “irE” or a strong “irr” that would count for 2 (like the “ore” in the word “encore” in the poem).

Il tomb-en-co-RR des grê-lons,
Mais Zon sait bien que c’est pour rir(e).
Quand les nu-ag-Es se dé-chir(ent),
Le ciel éc-um-E de ray-ons.

Le vent ca-re-ssE les bour-geons
Si lon-gue-ment qu’il les fait luir(e).
Il tomb-en-co-RR des grê-lons,
Mais Zon sait bien que c’est pour rir(e).

Les fauv-ett-Es Zet les pin-sons
Ont tant de chosEs Zà se dire
Que dans les jar-dins Zen dé-lire
On Noub-lie les pre-miers bour-dons.
Il tomb-en-co-RR des grê-lons

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