Famous quotes explained: « We loved each other like a couple of crazies / We parted without talking about it. », from « Arabesques of Misfortune » in Flowers of Good Will by Jules Laforgue, 1890.
As a poet of spleen and sadness, Laforgue died young (1860-1887) after leading a life of boredom. Most of his works were published posthumously, and he did not receive recognition during his lifetime.
The first two lines of his poem « Arabesques of Misfortune » express separation with simplicity and brutality. The choice of octosyllables, as well as the binary rhythm of the verses, accentuate the impression of speed. The transition from the couple to that of two distant souls seems immediate under the poet’s pen.
He shows that indeed, the breakup is not a process, but a moment when everything tilts, an event that instantaneously transforms shared intimacy into displayed indifference. In a few words, he touches on the gulf that is created, on the incomprehension. The rest of the poem evokes the waste of the separation, which over time provokes feelings of anger that mask a still-present attachment. However, Laforgue’s pessimism means that the two former lovers never make the effort to talk to each other and meet again.
We loved each other like a couple of crazies / We parted without talking about it.
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