poète maudit

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[poh-et moh-dee]

A French phrase for an ‘accursed’ poet, usually a brilliant but self-destructive writer misunderstood by an indifferent society. The name for this romantic stereotype comes from the title of Paul Verlaine's collection of essays on Mallarmé, Rimbaud, and other French poets, Les Poètes maudits (1884).

Subjects: Literature.

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