The Sphinx

Désormais tu n'es plus, ô matière vivante!

Qu'un granit entouré d'une vague épouvante,

Assoupi dans le fond d'un Sahara brumeux;

Un vieux sphinx ignoré du monde insoucieux,

Oublié sur la carte, et dont l'humeur farouche

Ne chante qu'aux rayons du soleil qui se couche.


(Charles Baudelaire)



Hinfort, beseelter Staub, wirst du nichts andrem gleichen

Als dem granitnen Stein, den Schrecknisse umschleichen,

Der in dem Nebeldunst der stummen Wüste träumt!

Der Sphinx, die man vergass, vor der kein Fuss mehr säumt,

Die niemand kennt, und die in wilder Laune Qualen

Ihr einsam Lied nur singt den roten Abendstrahlen.


(Charles Baudelaire, Übersetzung: unbekannt)



From henceforth, living matter, you are nought

But stone surrounded by a dreadful thought:

Lost in some dim Sahara, an old Sphinx,

Of whom the world we live in never thinks.

Lost on the map, it is its surly way

Only to sing in sunset's fading ray.


(Charles Baudelaire, translation: Roy Campbell)


  • Jacques Surveyer 9y

    FT:Red followed by blue (see next photo). This dark red implies seeing with greater or aided vision - perhaps infrared perception. As humans we only use a small, actually tiny slice of the total light wave spectrum of information opportunity. Hence the image and the poem match very closely.
  • faria! PRO 9y

    surreal and shocking!

  • Gypsy Flores Photography 9y

    Love the red and the perspective.
  • Vanda 9y

    Wow, this is really gorgeous, an instant favourite. It should be a postcard.
    (love photography)
  • Peggy J Hughes 9y

    very nice
  • ***Karen 9y

    Wonderful red on the mysterious Spinx!
  • DiehardCanonUser 9y

    The red looks really angry...still, I'd buy this postcard off a stand anytime. well done!
  • Lady Vervaine 9y

    Oh wow! This is incredible work - that red makes the image so powerful! Love the Baudelaire, too :)
  • Christine Lebrasseur 9y

    This picture is one of the 20 most interesting picture of the "Red and Black Only group", congratulations :)
    The 20 most interesting pictures of the
  • Christine Lebrasseur 9y

  • Christine Lebrasseur 9y

    Cette association serait parfaite pour notre premier "contest" sur Baudelaire :)

    This association would be perfect for our first contest about Baudelaire :)
  • Christine Lebrasseur 9y

    Thanks for your participation to our "Baudelaire Contest", please don't forget to vote :)

    Merci pour votre participation à notre "Concours Baudelaire", merci de ne pas oublier de voter :)

    Seen in a discussion of *Poetry in french_tag "frenchpoetry"_ 1 year !. (?)
  • GooseGoddessS 9y

    Thank You for sharing this in
    Historical Landmarks from Around the World theme at
    The World Through My Eyes
  • YouKnowYouKnow 8y

    Vielleicht so die Wortbedeutungen:

    Von nun an, oh lebendiger Stoff!, bist du nur noch
    ein Granit, umgeben von einem vagen Entsetzen,
    eingenickt auf dem Grund einer staubigen Sahara;

    Eine alte Sphinx, über die die sorglose Welt hinwegsieht,
    auf der Karte vergessen, und deren scheue Laune
    nur die Strahlen der untergehenden Sonne bezaubert.
  • wvceli 8y

  • Jishnu Nandy PRO 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Silhouette Photography, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Taj Mahal, Agra, India
    Silhouette Photography
    Please add this Brilliant Capture in Silhouette Photography
    Please Tag your photo "Silhouette Photography"
  • zenpod PRO 7y

    From that angle the sphinx reminds me of my girlfriend: majestic, proud, and her nose was shot off by French soldiers.
  • PercyGermany PRO 7y

    Hallo, ich bin der Administrator der Gruppe Ägyptengruppe, und wir würden uns freuen, wenn Du dies zu unserer Gruppe hinzufügen würdest.

  • Grand-Pappà, charrette... 3y

    Belle photo en Rouge et Noir,
    vous êtes invité à la poster sur :
    Rouge et Noir
    "Rouge et Noir"
  • Ken Cariota 1y

    Losing sand is voluble in the more "platonic view".
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Taken on April 10, 2004

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