Who would be the French poet, or what would be the work of French poetry, which has the following characteristic to the most noticeable degree: It--

  • has a simple and strict meter

  • and a singsongy feel to it

  • so that a beginning student hearing it can readily perceive the line breaks even without understanding the meaning?

For example, it probably would not be Fontaine's Fables because the number of syllables per line varies too much.

I have so formulated the question that one can actually try to answer it; but would also appreciate any helpful suggestions--names of poets, poems, a particular style, links to a reading, etc. Thank you.

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    Charles Baudelaire FTW.
    – Destal
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 10:45

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Je propose par exemple :

chantés par Léo Ferré


You can look at everything that is a poème à forme fixe: sonnets, rondeaux, ballades, etc. They all have a strict meter and perceiving the line breaks can be easy if they are declaimed.

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