LET US BEGIN with a truncated request from Andre Gide to his fictional correspondent:
You must make a bonfire in your heart, Nathaniel
When is "Book Quotes" not a redundancy?
Some books one reads sitting on a narrow bench
In front of a school desk
Some I have read in diligences;
Some others lying in a hay loft.
There are some that make us believe
In the existence of the soul;
Others that make us despair of it.
Some that prove there is a God;
Others that fail to.
Some books might be thought a little technical;
Others in which there is so much talk of nature,
That after reading them
There is no need to go out for a walk.
Some are not worth a penny...
Others extremely valuable.
Some speak of kings and queens,
And others of the very poor
THIS IS ANDRE GIDE IN 1893
According to Wikipedia, The Fruits of the Earth was "written" in 1895, the year in which Andre Gide married Madeleine Rondeaux
Andre Gide was born in 1869
Exactly ninety-seven years before President Kennedy was assassinated.
Mr. Gide won the Nobel Prize in 1947
He was introduced to this blog on a page entitled Greed...Without...The...r
In the blockquote, all the ellipsis and the italics are mine.
Other translations of Mr. Gide's poetry may vary according to other variables but it appears that the poet was a fan of the semi-colon.
This translation from French into English was first published in 1949.