Ni vous sans moi… (French)


a short poem from an author of the 16th century, Marie de France:

As it is poetry, so quite difficult, I will put the transcript (but I think it spoils the fun… if there’s any):

D’eux deux il était ainsi
Comme du chèvre-feuille était
Qui au coudrier se prenait.
Quand il s’est enlacé et pris
Et tout autour le fût s’est mis,
Ensemble peuvent bien durer.
Mais qui les veut ensuite désunir
Le coudrier meurt bien vite
Et le chèvre-feuille avec lui.
« Belle amie ainsi est de nous
Ni vous sans moi, ni moi sans vous. »

Of course, the original text is in Old French, so unreadable.


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  1. I love this poem, and it is very neat and legible! Here are some little things:

    1. The word chèvre, to write it as Mrs. Ramsey did with the v-r blend, is not easy to do. You have to think that you are going to write ch-e-v (as if you were going to write cheval), with a very pronounced curve on the v. At the very last minute, when you're almost finished with the v, you add the r by blending. If you think of blending the r on the top of the v, it's going to look like s-b-r instead. Incidentally, they changed that joining in French DJS: v-r is written with the angle (as one writes cheval).

    2. Try to make the m in mais, mis, and meurt just a tad longer, so that they match same length as your letter l. (A good proportion exercise is to write the following words many times: mais ni les rit. Mais and les should have the similar length, as well as ni and rit.) The m in amie and moi are very good (the proportions in ni vous sans moi ni moi sans vous were excellent). Even though the m and the n are among the first characters that one learns, they are the hardest to make them uniform — that only comes from practice.

  2. Thanks for your feedback, Carlos! I’m glad you liked the poem.
    1. Yes, I didn’t realise for ‘chèvre’… I changed it, the result is almost like there is a angle…
    2. For the length of ‘m’ and ‘n’, that’s right, I am not enough rigorous. I modified them and I will try to pay more attention in the future. 🙂

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