Paul Verlaine

Literary Birthday – 30 March – Paul Verlaine


Paul Verlaine was born 30 March 1844, and died 8 January 1896.

  1. The poet is a madman lost in adventure.
  2. A poem is really a kind of machine for producing the poetic state by means of words.
  3. The drawn-out sobs of autumn’s violins wound my heart with a monotonous languor.

Paul Verlaine was a French poet associated with the Symbolist movement. He is considered one of the greatest representatives of the fin de siècle in international and French poetry. His poems are availalbe in anthologies like the Selected Poems of Paul Verlaine.

by Amanda Patterson

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