|Pont Mirabeau by Paul Signac|
Apollinaire's poem, Le Pont Mirabeau, was first published in February 1912, and was inspired by the departure of his muse Marie Laurencin, and is 'the sad song of that long, broken affair'.
The poetic fusion of the images, together with the idea of the fluid movement of the verses, make the poem perfectly harmonious by its simplicity and its purity.
[First verse below]
Sous le pont Mirabeau coule la Seine
Et nos amours
Faut-il qu'il m'en souvienne
La joie venait toujours après la peine
Vienne la nuit sonne l'heure
Les jours s'en vont je demeure
|The Muse inspiring the Poet|
(Marie Laurencin and Apollinaire)
Painting by Douanier Rousseau (1909)
The bridge was constructed between 1893 and 1896 and is now designated a monument of historic interest.