PAUL VERLAINE, the only son of a military officer and the spoiled darling of an indulgent mother, was left an orphan when very young. Brought up at Batignolles by a poor widow of highly-refined character he received his education at the lycée Bonaparte in Paris, associated himself with the Parnassian group, and wrote his first verses while engaged at work in some municipal office. On the publication of Poèmes saturniens, as little noticed at the time as Coppée's Reliquaire, which was issued on the same day, he made himself known to the discerning few as a new poet of strangely original genius. Sainte-Beuve and Nestor Roqueplan gave him some good counsel, but there is no evidence that he ever took it to heart.
Sometimes his work is disfigured by conceits and subtleties which are due to the wilful application of a vicious theory of art; too often he has stooped to sing the perversities of passion and to disclose the morbid imaginations of a mind diseased; but, at his best, no living singer can touch him in fervour and sincerity of accent and at times he has a tone of pathos, as rare as it is exquisite, to which there is no parallel in contemporaneous French poetry. He is a master of modulation and rhyme and he handles all the musical elements of verse with consummate craft.
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