“Chant d’Automne” de Paul Verlaine – French Poem Translation

Author: Camille Chevalier-Karfis

“Chant d’Automne” by Paul Verlaine is sad and melancholic, yet wonderful, short poem, also charged with historic meaning.

You might be familiar with the first 2 verses which were used by General de Gaulle, chief of the resistance and future president of the liberated France, in the days and hours preceding the launch of D-day.

1 – Famous French Poem – “Chant d’Automne” de Paul Verlaine

Les sanglots longs
Des violons
De l’automne
Blessent mon cœur
D’une langueur
Monotone.

Tout suffocant
Et blême, quand
Sonne l’heure,
Je me souviens
Des jours anciens
Et je pleure;

Et je m’en vais
Au vent mauvais
Qui m’emporte
Deçà, delà,
Pareil à la
Feuille morte.

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2- English Translation of the classical French poem – “Chant d’Automne” de Paul Verlaine

Here is my own translation of the French poem. I went for a literal translation so you could understand the vocabulary.

The long laments
Of autumn’s
Violins
Wound my heart
With a monotone
Fatigue.

All suffocating
And pale, when
The hour chimes,
I remember
The old days
And I cry;

And I go
With the nasty wind
That is carrying me
Here and there
Similar to the
Falling leaf.


Author: Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Born and raised in Paris, I have been teaching today's French to adults for 23+ years in the US and France. Based on my students' goals and needs, I've created unique downloadable French audiobooks focussing on French like it's spoken today, for all levels. Most of my audiobooks are recorded at several speeds to help you conquer the modern French language. Good luck with your studies and remember, repetition is the key!

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