Verlaine is entirely untrammeled by any conventional theories of composition. He moulds the language at his will. "Always the poet of instinct or impulse, verse to him is a spontaneous expression of feeling, conscious of no literary tradition and developing no consecutive thought," to quote Prof. Wells.
This is what George Moore says of the poet: "Never shall I forget the first enchantment of Les Fêtes Galantes. Here all is twilight. The royal magnificences of the sunset have passed; the solemn beatitude of the night is at hand, but not yet here; the ways are veiled with shadow and lit with dresses, white, that the hour has touched with blue, yellow, green, mauve, and undecided purple; the voices? strange contraltos; the forms? not those of men or women, but mystic, hybrid creatures, with hands nervous and pale, and eyes charged with eager and fitful light . . . 'tin soir équivoque d'automne' . . . 'les belles pendent rêveuses à nos bras' . . . and they whisper 'les mots spécieux et tout bas'."
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