The Village of Lieve Joris

There are certain much-quoted pieces of advice that were spoken or penned by great writers and intended to set the authors of the next generation on the right path. Maxim Gorki, for example, advised the young Isaac Babel to ‘get out and about more’ and Stéphane Mallarmé recommended that his disciple Paul Valéry seek solitude…

A Beacon for Europe

Emile Verhaeren 1855-1916 Tolerant but indifferent to so many of her distinguished visitors, England made no exception in the case of Emile Verhaeren, the ‘fair-haired young Belgian poet’, wrote Beatrice Worthing. (1) Though the poet came to Britain almost annually from the 1880s onwards, appreciation of his work did not extend beyond a small band of enthusiastic…

Tear Down This House

The Poetry of Tonnus Oosterhoff Where the origins of modern poetry lie is something that you can philosophise about for a long time, but few would dispute that the compact oeuvre of Stéphane Mallarmé constitutes a benchmark. He was not the first poet to apply himself to writing largely incomprehensible poems, but he attracted more…