Selected Poems from ‘Les Amours Jaunes’

Corbière, Tristan (1845–1875), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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Tristan Corbière (1845-1875), christened Édouard Joachim Corbière, was born in Brittany, and lived most of his life there, dying of tuberculosis at the age of 29. His inclusion by Verlaine in Les Poètes Maudits drew attention to his sole collection of verse, Les Amours Jaunes (The Yellow Loves, or Wry Loves, 1873). He was acknowledged as a Symbolist poet of note, and recognised by the Surrealists as a precursor of the movement. This selection seeks to display his skill, wit, and the subtlety of emotion half-concealed behind his wry and caustic manner.

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Kline, A. S.

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