Paul Verlaine

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Last Updated on May 9, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 86

Is the woman in Paul Verlaine’s “Green” a harsh mistress, or is the speaker simply an inadequate lover?

What is novel about the speaker’s relationship to God in “My God Said to Me”?

In his poem “L’Art poétique” Verlaine recommends “uneven rhythm” to achieve a musical quality. What examples of this rhythm can you find in his poetry?

Examine the theme of remorse in Verlaine’s poetry.

Do any of Verlaine’s poetic achievements clearly derive from his relationship with Arthur Rimbaud?

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