In search of lost fireflies – Books – Culture

In search of lost fireflies – Books – Culture

Sometimes gloomy, sometimes dreamy, the songs from Eric Quintric-Divérrès’ latest collection seem to start conversations, if not release cries of revolt, sadness, love, etc. Title Firefly digger it mirrors the status of the poet-gold-digger: like a searcher for gold flakes, he looks for fireflies. Glows that symbolize light in the dark, as well as the mystery and magic of life. However, he does not reveal himself as someone who knows, but as a poet for whom he acts as ” write “and” a cryer become synonymous. Moreover, he says this from the first poem, the first of which begins with a paronomasia ” why I write, why I shout “. This semantic connection suggests that the meaning of the word is also related.

Comprised of 58 songs divided into 5 thematic chapters, this collection is presented in its entirety as a story with several fragments. He begins with a cry of revolt against the decline of poetry and talks about his role as well as his poetic passion, before approaching love in the next chapter, then he talks about Breton culture. Then, he maintains the quips in poems he describes as ” as wacky as our times and ends with dark songs about childhood and the world.

Indeed, the songs are arranged according to a certain order (by the author or by the publisher) which leads to a certain gradation. Each chapter has a title, as well as a quote or verse from a great poet. The first part, Autopsy of the Angry Poet, opens with a quote from André Suarès; the second, Tout feu tout femmes, with verse by Arthur Rimbaud. The third, Nuits Divérrès From Bohars to Saint-Pabu, which is a pun between Divérrès and drunkenness (Bohars and Saint-Pabu are the districts of Brest, his city), with a quote from Victor Hugo. The fourth, Quirky Poems Like Our Time, with a verse by Charles Le Quintrec, and the fifth, The Topography of Pain, with a quote from André Malraux.

Bathe in romantic poetry

These five great writers reveal the poet’s state of mind. Their verses or quotes seem to be thresholds to be crossed in order to unravel the essence of the latter. Thus, they are imposed at the beginning of each part as if they offer a train of thought to the reader who, advancing in reading, deciphers its message. A kind of gradation is necessary: ​​a prelude justifying the value of poetry for the poet, then a development centered on love and separation to end in a crescendo: madness and pain leading to the rejection of an incomprehensible world. Temporality is then twofold. It is announced not only at the level of content, but also at the level of form. We go from the end of the 19th century, with Suarès and Rimbaud, to the end of the 20th century with Le Quintrec and Malraux.

We are therefore in the realm of romantic poetry par excellence. The code thrown out by Eric Quintric-Divérrès? Why not ? This collection is strongly marked by the autobiographical and lyrical dimension, characteristic of romantic poetry. From the first line we notice the anaphora ” is which is repeated in other songs. After the personal pronoun comes the verb of action, which indicates determination. However, these actions seem to have been performed mechanically and the poet is primarily focused on his feelings. The autobiographical dimension thus provides an external framework for meditating on the act of writing and its goals. An internal dialogue seems to have been established: the poet wants to identify himself through the act of writing. However, he looks confused and desperate. ” A desperado driven mad by the world he says.

Correspondence with nature

The tone is often pathetic. But it is pathos that is part of the romantic tradition, where a kind of correspondence is established between the feelings of the poet and the nature he describes: nature participates to comfort. For example, in the song under the title archeology of childhoodthe poet describes a nature overwhelmed by melancholy: Dull twilight… », « Eclipses darken the horizons » … That inner darkness or night of the soul is reminiscent of melancholy, characteristic of romantic songs of the 19th century. However, with the song that follows, he tries to get out of melancholy and move towards hope.

To make his self-portrait in an accident, the poet takes himself as an illusionist who ” put on the clouds like slippers “, WHO ” conceals the ugliness of the world with the scaffolding of rhymes “, WHO ” to reap a few rays of the sun to illuminate the dream of the sleeper. And light up the paths of hope for him in his sleep “. Lonely, the poet tries to face the ugliness of this world. And in that solitude, nature accompanies him. It seems that she is able to be his confidant and alleviate his pain. As it often happens in romanticism.

in ” mutation to mutism », « here » appears for the first time to evoke an intimacy that was later merged into Absence, Le twilight des idoles, Odes à l’enfant. this ” here it is not always uniform: it refers to his beloved, his father or his friend.

It is an inner journey with a spiritual, even mystical dimension. But a metaphorical reading of this temporality makes it possible to conjure up a pictorial representation of human life. A journey that begins with crying and writing, and ends with buried love. However, the poet does not reconcile and keeps in his heart the persistence of a child: ” And I still host this poor child / Fragile / Still searching for his place “. This is how he ends his collection. A strong presence is »gives us an insight into lyrical poetry. But that doesn’t stop us from asking ourselves how to define it? Is this a real or fictional game? Or is it a tension between the two in order to immerse oneself in the experience of otherness? The poet gets hold of themes such as love, breakup, childhood, in order to make it an experience of universal and poetic value. This poeticism, moreover, is revealed in the choice of words” firefly which is in the title of this collection. We find him in the same way in the dedication to his children compared to the fireflies. Moreover, like gold flakes, this word is scattered throughout the collection. Didn’t the poet identify himself as a firefly digger from the beginning? The latter gives hope when all seems bleak. They light your way on the journey that is your life. A firefly means that even if you seem dull during the day, when you shine, you radiate your inner light.

Orpailleur de lucioles, poems by Eric Quintric-Divérrès, 115 pages, published by Plume Libre, 2022.

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After spending his youth in Egypt studying polytechnic at the American University in Cairo, Eric Quintric-Divérrès embarked on several professional adventures before devoting himself fully to writing. In 2013, he returned to his mother’s village of Lampaul-Plouarzel (Finistère department) to devote himself to writing. This will result in the first collection, Benevolent exilesas well as the novel: A dream about France.

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