When I discovered Emile Ripert, the man and his poetry, I felt great emotion, and have never ceased to pay homage to him, homage to a limpid and humanist poet.
… A big thank you also to Véronique Ripert, granddaughter of the poet, without whom this evening of March 1, 2010 could not have seen the light of day. When you have this book in hand, you will take Le train bleu which will take you to Le Golfe d’Amour and La Terre des Lauriers, the Provence so dear to Emile Ripert.
This anthology, consisting of a biography of Jean-François Marsat-Subrini, brings together the poems that were said during this evening, and groups them by collection from which they are extracted, and each chapter of which takes up the original cover and the context in which they were written. It is accompanied by an audio CD on which we can hear and rehear the speakers
say the poems of Emile Ripert, as well as the music and songs performed during the evening, on the piano and on the psaltery.
In 1949, his bust was made to commemorate his memory. It will remain in the garden of the City of La Ciotat until 1997.
Commentary by journalist Benjamin at the unveiling of the bust
When all noise had ceased, when the crowd had been taken over by its pleasures, or by its tasks, we returned to the cool garden of the city to pay in our turn a somewhat more intimate homage to the poet who had the incredible fortune » to be a poet in his country ”He was now all alone in the great green setting. On his marble lip, a smile emerged, a smile of kindness, of indulgence, a satisfied smile also from the traveler who arrived at the stage: « My God, we are well here! « Until nightfall, we conversed …
… The bust of Emile Ripert is much less the work of a friend who, having understood his friend, loved him wonderfully. It is disturbing that clay first and then marble can, when it is the heart that models or chisels them, materialize a soul. Because it is the very soul of Emile Ripert which wanders, visible to whoever wants to see it, around the bust where Paul Gondard has placed, in addition to a very great talent, the sanctity of pure friendship. The poet’s thought « reads there as on the pages of a book And of a book as beautiful as the three months of summer. «
Sculpture Paul GONDARD – 1949
The municipality will then ask his family to take back the bust because, she said, it had been knocked down from its plinth.
It was during the year of his bust that the municipality of La Ciotat gave its name to the avenue near its bastide in order to honor his memory.
In 1982 the municipality of La Ciotat commemorated the centenary of his birth by affixing a plaque on the street that bears his name, right next to the Salis school.
So his last wish came true.
Yes, give me a little street
If you want, but with a lot of children,
And that my name of their increased cohort
Make triumphant throats vibrate
Émile Ripert and his book THE POEM OF ASSISI were chosen by Isabella Sbraletta, Italian student, to defend her thesis at the Faculty of Letter and Philosophy, during the academic year 1988-1989.
She received the congratulations of the jury and the highest mark that can be had.