Lot n° 7
5000 - 6000
APOLLINAIRE Guillaume (1880-1918)
Signed autograph letter addressed to a friend from the front
S.l., October 26, 1915. 4 pages in-12 in ink (effressed head).
Nice letter from the Front. "It is also true that I am not bored but I am bored. This is the way people who are too rich do, they are not bored since they have mass distractions, and yet they are bored because time passes monotonously and there is no sign of change. I am not bored having a thousand distractions, not the least of which is to command the firing of my gun and all that war has in store for the unexpected. One is bored all the same since one is not free, one has nothing to read, one is never alone. Subtlety? No doubt! But subtlety is the great scientific and intellectual field that is opening up to man in these glorious times [...]".
He evokes the censorship that struck an article in his Anecdotal Life: "No doubt the censor is entitled to this cross for having properly handled in command the so dangerous weapon of the scissors with which the Park slices life in the army zone as elsewhere. As for the rest, we wait without haste for 1919 or something similar. I have written a poem to Italy which is to appear in the Voce where I say Months are not long, neither days nor nights It is the war which is long This expresses well, in my opinion, what one feels on the Front. We will have consolation, I want to believe that we will be able to sing afterwards, as in the pretty tale of the Green Serpentine, Pleasures are charming What will they be, follow the sorrows Pleasures are charming After long torments [...]".
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