Memorial

Jacques Brel Jacques Brel

Credit for this entry to:
Elisabeth Janssens

Plaque: Jacques Brel

Here was born Jacques Brel, 1929 - 1978. He sang: " Le Plat Pays", "Les Vieux", "La Tendresse", "La Mort". Upright, he lived his life and the poet lives on.

Original inscription:

ICI EST NÉ
JACQUES BREL
1929 - 1978
IL A CHANTÉ LE PLAT PAYS
LES VIEUX, LA TENDRESSE, LA MORT.
DEBOUT, IL A VÉCU SA VIE
ET LE POÈTE VIT ENCORE

From the state of the plaque there seems to be some dispute about whether "encore" should have that last "e" or not. "Encor" is an archaic, poetic form of "encore" ("still"), but archaic is one thing Brel is not. Our French consultant, Jean-Michel Pochet, explains that "encor" is written to provide a masculine rhyme with "la mort".

Site: Jacques Brel (1 memorial)

1030, ave du Diamant, 138

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Jacques Brel

Born Brussels. Songwriter/singer of French chanson. Died of lung cancer in ...

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