A selection of dark but memorable aphorisms from Emil Cioran's 1973 De l'inconvénient d'être né. With glosses and English translation.
Questions of the sort that a French lycéen(ne) is altogether likely to encounter. Or not.
Prose poem #48, in which Baudelaire presents himself searching throughout the world for a place where his soul and he can be at peace. (It turns out there is no such place.)
Poem 33 in Baudelaire's collection of prose poems le Spleen de Paris. Short and simple, this text embodies the poet's rage to escape from this world by any means.
The first poem in Le Spleen de Paris (1869), Baudelaire's collection of poems in prose, and the easiest poem he ever wrote. A series of questions and answers that, according to a likely interpretation, examine the nature of the poet.
A fairly easy text for practice reading French: a selection of maxims by that king of the form, the 17th-century French moraliste François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680). Introduced, glossed, and translated.
A grammatical and linguistic analysis of the poem "Tristesse" by Alfred de Musset, with special emphasis on the use of the passé composé, and an English translation.