A Panoramic View of French-Language Poetry in Belgium 1880-1980

Wauthier, Jean-Luc
January 2000
Belgian Women Poets: An Anthology;2000, Vol. 11, preceding p1
This article offers a look at Belgium's French-language poetry landscape from 1880-1980. At the end of the nineteenth century, strong ties existed between French and Belgian symbolists. Max Elskamp's intentional roughness of style, in sharp contrast with the elegant phrasing of most symbolists, is what makes Elskamp's poetry utterly original as well as profoundly human. In contrast, Grégoire Le Roy, who lacks Elskamp's originality, may be described as a prudent symbolist.


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