L’amour est la poésie des sens

French novelist Honoré de Balzac was born on May 20, 1799. He is best known for a sprawling series of books and short stories that he started in 1832 that came to be known collectively as La Comédie Humaine. The “de” in his name was added as an affectation to help him fit in better in higher social circles, not an indication that the family was actually noble. He is best known for Le Père Goriot and Eugénie Grandet. Balzac’s enormous literary output took a huge toll on his health. He died in 1850, just a few months after having married his longtime love.

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Portrait of Ewelina Hańska

Today’s saying is a Balzac quotation. L’amour est la poésie des sens (lamoor eh lah poeAzee day sohn) means “love is the poetry of the senses.” The line is taken from Physiologie du Mariage, a treatise on wedded life that he wrote before having been married himself – always risky! By all accounts, however, his relationship with Ewelina Hańska was based on eighteen years of correspondence from which developed a deep love and affection. If he wrote her lines like that, it’s no wonder she fell in love with him!

Père Goriot

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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