Femmes, Chair, and Hombres by Paul Verlaine (1890-1903)

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Title

Femmes, Chair, and Hombres by Paul Verlaine (1890-1903)

Source

Verlaine, Paul. Femmes. Imprimé sous le manteau et ne se vend nulle part [Brussels: Kistemaeckers], 1890. Lilly Library: PQ2463 .F329.

Verlaine, Paul. Chair (dernières poésies). Paris: Bibliothèque Artistique & Littéraire, 1896. Lilly Library: PQ2463 .C434.

Verlaine, Paul. “Hombres” (hommes). Imprimé sous le manteau et ne se vend nulle part [Paris: Messein, 1904]. Lilly Library: PQ2463 .H764.

Description

In the last years of his life, Paul Verlaine (1844-96) mainly composed erotic poems, some of which mildly sensual, like those included in the posthumous collection Chair [Flesh], illustrated with a frontispiece by Félicien Rops, others downright obscene, like those included in the pornographic (in the etymological sense of pornography: writing about prostitutes) collection Femmes [Women] and the homoerotic collection Hombres [Men], clandestinely printed, the former in 1890 and the latter in 1904. Hombres ends with a sonnet composed in collaboration with Arthur Rimbaud (1854-91) in 1872, Le Sonnet du trou du cul [Sonnet on the asshole], translated here by Samuel N. Rosenberg. According to Verlaine, he himself composed the quatrains (Verlaine fecit) and his younger lover composed the tercets (Rimbaud invenit).

Citation

“Femmes, Chair, and Hombres by Paul Verlaine (1890-1903),” Banned Books, accessed July 13, 2024, https://bannedbooks.indiana.edu/items/show/34.

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