Jacques Prévert was born on 4 February 1900 and died on 11 April 1977.. He was a well-known French poet and screenwriter. His poems are often about life in Paris. Some of them such as ‘Les Feuilles mortes’ (‘Autumn Leaves’), were set to music and sung by prominent 20th century French singers including Yves Montand and Édith Piaf as well as by the American singer Joan Baez.
Here’s one of his poems:
PARIS AT NIGHT
Trois allumettes une à une allumées dans la nuit
La premiére pour voir ton visage tout entier
La seconde pour voir tes yeux
La dernière pour voir ta bouche
Et l’obscuritè tout entière pour me rappeler tout cela
En te serrant dans mes bras.
Three matches struck in the night one by one
The first to see all of your face
The second to see your eyes
The last to see your mouth
And the darkness all around to remind me of them
As I hold you in my arms.
Tre fiammiferi nella notte uno a uno accesi
Il primo per vedere tutto il tuo viso
Il secondo per vedere i tuoi occhi
L’ultimo per vedere la tua bocca
E l’oscurità per ricordarmi tutto questo
Mentre ti stringo fra le braccia.