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Author photo. Paul Verlaine au café François Ier, photographie de Dornac dans la série « Nos contemporains chez eux », 1892

Paul Verlaine au café François Ier, photographie de Dornac dans la série « Nos contemporains chez eux », 1892

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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. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Selected Poems 162 copies
Women and Men: Erotica (Author) 140 copies, 1 review
Poèmes saturniens 128 copies, 5 reviews
Poems 108 copies, 2 reviews
The Cursed Poets 83 copies, 3 reviews
Fêtes galantes 79 copies, 1 review
Verlaine : Oeuvres poétiques complètes (Author) 67 copies, 2 reviews
Choix de poésies (Author) 34 copies
Galante feesten (Author) 31 copies
Royal Tastes 30 copies
Selected Poems 29 copies
Sagesse 22 copies
Poetische Werke. 20 copies, 2 reviews
Oeuvres en prose complètes (Author) 14 copies, 1 review
Hombres 9 copies
Femmes 8 copies
Mes hôpitaux 7 copies
Bonheur 5 copies
Feste galanti 4 copies, 1 review
Poèmes 3 copies
Le Verlaine 3 copies, 1 review
Sagesse 3 copies
Moonlight 2 copies
Mes prisons 2 copies
Cellulely 2 copies
Saggezza 2 copies
Poemes 2 copies
Poésies 2 copies
VERLAINE 2 copies
Poemes 2 copies
POÈMES SATURNIENS 1 copy, 1 review
Vers 1 copy
Manner 1 copy
poemes 1 copy
Poemas 1 copy
Poesie 1 copy
After Three Years {poem} 1 copy, 1 review
POEMAS 1 copy
O lásce 1 copy
Poesías 1 copy
Nők 1 copy
Sagesse 1 copy
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Verlaine was one of the leading French 19th century Symbolist poets, along with Mallarmé, Rimbaud, and Paul Valéry.
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