During his lifetime, Tristan Corbière’s poetry received little notice. Although Corbière published only one book of poetry, These Jaundiced Loves, and did not write any theoretical works or participate in a cenacle (writer’s group) or in a poetical movement, his work has played a significant role in the development of French Symbolist poetry. In 1881, his cousin Pol Kalig brought Corbière’s work to the attention of Léo Trézenic, who was publishing an avant-garde review with Charles Morice. They showed the poems to the poet Paul Verlaine, one of the review’s contributors. Verlaine not only was impressed by Corbière’s poetry but also immediately recognized him as one of the major poets of the time. He included Corbière in his Poètes maudits (1884; The Cursed Poets, 2003) along with Arthur Rimbaud, Stéphane Mallarmé, Gérard de Nerval, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, and himself under the anagram Pauvre Lelian. Consequently, Corbière’s work became known in contemporary poetic circles.
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