Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Jean Paul Toulet

Jean-Paul Toulet (1867-1920) was a French poet. 
Though he was well-known during his lifetime as a writer of novels, short stories and travelogues, it was his poetry published in reviews from 1910 and in volume form (Contrerimes) in 1921, which established Toulet's reputation among the Fantaisistes. 
In these poems his virtuoso mastery of technique resulted occasionally in little more than gratuitous verbal games which have harmed his reputation as a poet, but in the best examples it served a wide range of feelings, sensations, and moods, from fantasy to self-mocking disillusion and gentle irony, which display a serious and profound analysis of the modern sensibility.
[James Kearns]

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