Paul Verlaine

May 10, 2006

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(1844-1896)

Known for asymmetrical lines and fleeting images, helped shape twentieth-century free verse
Rejects fixed categories
Scandalized society with irregular life and love affair with Arthur Rimbaud; imprisoned for violence and alcoholism; lived in poverty and ill health.
"Prince of Poets": symbol of decadence

Quotations:

Even while they sing, all in a minor key, / of love triumphant and life's careless boon, / they seem in doubt of their felicity, / thier song melts in the calm light of the moon…

-Moonlight

You must not scorn to do some wrong / in choosing the words to fill your lines: / nothing more dear than the tipsy song / where the Undefined and Exact combine.

-The Art of Poetry

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