Initially released in 1992, this bilingual anthology represents the energy, range, and originality with which the Symbolist move used to be grafted in Belgium. Cultivating an aesthetics of hallucination and spatial paradigms of the internal international, the fin de siècle Belgian poets reworked the canal towns and landscapes in their place of birth into lasting magnets of the mind's eye. The Belgian Symbolist poems are vessels of passage to visionary nation-states, demonstrating the permeability of internal and outer truth.

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Genève: Slatkine Reprints, 1977). Les Villages Illusoires; Poèmes en Prose; extraits de la Trilogie Noire, ed. Christian Berg. (Bruxelles: Labor, 1985). Les Campagnes Hallucinées; Les Villes Tentaculaires, ed. Maurice Piron. (Paris: Gallimard, 1982). Poèmes choisis, ed. Robert Vivier. (Bruxelles: La Renaissance du Livre, 1981). Toute la Flandre. (Paris: Larousse, 1965). Donald Flanell Friedman: Belgian Symbolism, an Anthology 34 an anthology of belgian symbolist poets The Corpse from The Debacles (1888) In her dress, the color of fire and poison, The corpse of my reason Trails across the Thames.

Ils discutent combien la cruauté rapproche «Mieux que l’amour; combien ils se sont abusés «A pavoiser l’ingratitude et le reproche; «Combien de pleurs, pour quelques yeux qu’ils ont baisés! «Vides, les îles d’or, là-bas, dans l’or des brumes, «Où les rêves assis sous leur manteau vermeil, «Avec de longs doigts d’or effeuillaient aux écumes, «Les ors silencieux qui pleuvaient du soleil. «Cassés les mâts d’orgueil, flasques, les grandes voiles! » Blafards et seuls, les malades hiératiques, Pareils à de vieux loups mornes, fixent la mort; Ils ont mâché la vie et ses jours identiques Et ses mois et ses ans et leur haine et leur sort.

La pluie. La longue pluie, avec ses longs fils gris. Avec ses cheveux d’eau, avec ses rides. La longue pluie Des vieux pays, Eternelle et torpide!

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