Paul Verlaine: Six Poems Translated by Peter Shor

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PORTRAIT DE PAUL VERLAINE

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Paul Verlaine is one of the most famous French poets of the 19th century. He was born in 1844 and died in 1896. His first book of poetry appeared when he was only 22, and during his lifetime. he published nearly 20 collections of poetry. Although he did not receive much acclaim early in his career, he was pronounced ‘Prince of Poets’ in 1894, shortly before he died.

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Peter Shor is a professor in the Mathematics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has loved poetry since his father read poems to him as a child. He has written poetry sporadically for the last forty years, and recently has started translating it. The only poem he has published so far was in one about a mathematician, published in a recreational mathematics magazine, The Mathematical Intelligencer.

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