The characteristics of Faust and Mephistopheles never became fully linked in Verlaine; they only interlaced.
I sit and think of Verlaine's 'It rains in my heart as it rains in the town.'
It may be noticed that Gauguin received no financial profit whatever from this performance, and Verlaine very little.
He is not Socrates and he is not Verlaine, I said to myself.
With the exception of two melodies for some lines by Verlaine, this was my first experience of composing music for French words.
No wonder Verlaine fell frequently into what his conscience told him was sin!
But Verlaine advances one step further: hate is to him as commonplace as love, unfaith as vulgar as faith.
But these hopes proved illusory; only Verlaine knows where he is, and he will not tell.
Why have you accepted his dilution of nonsense on Verlaine and Huysmans?
Whenever Verlaine speaks of his childhood, there is a gleam like a bittersweet smile.