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48 DRAMATIC AND LYRIC INTERPRETATION
Ah ! dites-moi, ma mere mamie, Ce que j'entends pleurer ici?
C'est la voisine d'a c6te" Qui a perdu son nouveau n6!
Before concluding this chapter I wish to return once again to the song by Jules Laforgue, Notre Petite Compagne, which we have discussed when speaking of the amplification of the text.
You remember I mentioned that Notre Petite Compagne was a poem which I wanted to use as a song. I have explained how I tried to amplify the meaning of the song by using the first verse, which appeared to me the quintessence of the poem, as a refrain after each verse.
It remained to establish the atmosphere of the song.
The words of the poem indicate that the atmosphere in which Notre Petite Compagne (it means from the point of view of men "Our little mate") lives, is rather frivolous. We could easily imagine her sitting at a little marble table in one of the Parisian night caf 6s, smoking a cigarette and listening to the playing of a gipsy band.