Hi John,


On 11 May 2009, at 22:49, John Mikes wrote:

>
> who was that French poet who made puns after death?
>
>> ...
> A french poet said, after he died  (!) :  "friends, pretend only to
> cry because poet pretends only to dye". (Faites semblant de pleurer
> mes amis puisque les poètes font semblant de mourrir").
>
>

It is Jean Cocteau.

In "Le Testament d'Orphée". A movie, made by Jean Cocteau, where he  
plays the role of the dying poet. I am not entirely sure of the total  
correctness of the quote. It could be "Faites semblant de pleurer mes  
amis puisque les poètes ne font que semblant d'être mort".

Best,

Bruno



http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~marchal/




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