At a glance:
- Author: Paul Verlaine
- First Published: 1866
- Type of Poem: Lyric
- Genres: Poetry, Lyric poetry
- Subjects: France or French people, Music or musicians, Death or dying, Violins or violinists, Wind, Boredom, Seasons, Autumn, Leaves
“Autumn Song” is the most famous poem from the collection of verse known as Poèmes saturniens (Saturnian poems), published when Paul Verlaine was only twenty-two years old. Like most of the French Symbolist poets of his day, Verlaine was enormously focused on the art of poetry for its own sake and often presented the soul of the artist and the creation of art as the only topics worthy of consideration.
Verlaine was singled out among his colleagues for his insistence on the notion that the poem must be musical. His often quoted theory, “De la...
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