Inspired by Guillaume Apollinaire's courtship of Annie Playden while she was a governess and he a French tutor in the Rhineland, ‘La Tzigane’ has engendered only two articles since it was first published in 1907. At first glance, the composition seems perfectly straightforward. Most critics would probably agree with Laurence Campa that it is a melancholy complaint 'sur l'amour maudit et le poids du souvenir’. If ‘La Tzigane’ were really that simple, it would still be a significant accomplishment. However, the poem is much more complex than appears at first glance. Nor, in point of fact, is it really a melancholy complaint.
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