COCTEAU Jean (1889-1963)

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COCTEAU Jean (1889-1963)


Poetry, autograph manuscript.
S.l.n.d., 5 pages in-4 in pencil on paper. "Poetry, if I dared to define it, would be elegance itself. It is therefore normal that it plays from the smallest to the largest thing - but large or small the thing becomes invisible memory when poetry inhabits it [...I have noticed that I take the style of the character I play in life, not that I push myself in that direction to give myself the realism that is the basis of all poetry. It's the one that would allow me to show in the daylight all the flaws I tried to draw from myself. I would almost always like to play roles that are not for me... Anti-poetic beings are those who want to write the language of poetry. Cinema makes it possible to go beyond human borders, as "orpheus" proves, because it shows us who writing or imagination offers us [...] Poetry is a high moral elegance. Yes, poetry is slow and we sometimes judge too quickly. The light of the poets is as long to come to you as the light of the stars....our age in which poetry is increasingly hidden and is constantly showing itself where we thought it was not expected. The height of poetry is not to "look poetic". Craftsmanship is poetry itself. I like to make the unattainable realizable. That gives me the most courage, but alas, we don't do what we want. The definition of myself: work and the desire to please the few people that matter to me".
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