Emile Verhaeren is a great modern European poet who, until now, has been overlooked by the Anglophone world. His poetry passed through a number of crucial stages acceding to extreme existential demands. To return to the poetry of Verhaeren now is to reappraise a master poet who consistently exhibits his sublime visionary gift as well as his all too contemporary human vulnerability in some of the most tender and beautiful love poems ever written.
Emile Verhaeren (1855-1916) was one of the great European poets of the early twentieth century. Born and educated in Flanders, he then moved to Brussels where he soon became a pivotal link with the Symbolist movement in Paris. During the First World War, he was a symbol of defiance towards German aggression, but after his untimely death in 1916 and those profound existential changes wrought by the staggering human cost of the war, interest in his work dwindled. This book is an important step in reversing this situation.
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