Oh lake! silent rocks! shaded grottoes! dark forest!
You whom time can spare or even rejuvinate,
Preserve, noble nature, preserve from this night
At least the memory!
Alphonse de Lamartine
The class I am taking — French Romantic Arts, taught by BSU professor Jen Black — took a field trip to the resort town of Aix-les-Bains. There was, of course, an academic purpose: French Romantic poet Alphonse de Lamartine wrote his famous poem “The Lake” here. So we sat by the lake and read the poem out loud and talked about it.
Then, like good Romantics, we wandered about spending time in nature, being idle, and writing about it.
We also had lunch: