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Emile Verhaeren - Principal works, Quotation


Poet, born in St Amand lez-Pueres, NC Belgium. He studied law at Louvain, but turned to literature, writing in French, and becoming a leading figure of the Belgian literary renaissance of the 1890s. His poetry hovers between powerful sensuality, as in Les Flamandes (1883) and the harrowing despair of Les Débâcles (1888). Among his most notable works are La Multiple Splendeur (1906) and the five-part Tout la Flandre (1904–11). He was also an art critic, and wrote short stories and verse plays.

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