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Selected Poems of Paul Verlaine

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ISBN-10: 0520251784

ISBN-13: 9780520251786

Edition: 2nd 2007

Authors: C. F. MacIntyre, Paul Verlaine

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The influential French poet, Symbolist leader, and Decadent Paul Verlaine (1844-1896) was recognized as a groundbreaking writer even in his own lifetime--his stylistic innovations brought a new musicality to French poetry and paved the way for free verse and other twentieth-century techniques and experiments. This selection of poems, with the French text en face, provides a comprehensive selection of Verlaine's verse together with a lucid introduction illuminating his life and works.
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 5/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 4.25" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440

The dissolute, erratic leader of the decadents and one of the early symbolists, Verlaine wrote 18 volumes of verse in alternating moods of sensuality and mysticism. He and the Poet Rimbaud, 10 years younger, wandered throughout Europe together, until their relationship ended when Verlaine shot his companion in Brussels in 1873 and was imprisoned for two years. Sagesse (1881), his collection of religious poems of great melodic and emotional beauty, is generally considered his finest volume. In his famous poem Art Poetique, Verlaine stressed the primary importance of musicality in poetry over description. Mallarme called the collection in which it appears, Jadis et Naguere (1884), "almost continuously a masterpiece . . . disturbing as a demon's work," and described Verlaine's skill as that of a guitarist.