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Francis CARCO (1886-1958). Autograph manuscript...

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Francis CARCO (1886-1958). Autograph manuscript signed, Correspondances poëtiques; 7 pages in-8. On Belgian poetry and its influence: Émile Verhaeren, whom Carco finds "in the 'hallucinated countryside' painted by Permecke the admirable"; Max Elskamp, who leaves notes corresponding to "those traced on the ice, with the sharp point of their skates, by Breughel's 'magots'" and whose poetry evokes the foggy streets of Antwerp; Georges Rodenbach who, "he too understood, cherished the rain, the gray days, the autumn wind"; Maurice Maeterlinck, etc. This poetry "born in the mists [...] succeeded symbolism. It was inspired by sensations, impressions that the "vague" and the "fuzzy" dear to Verlaine, had endowed with such a power of suggestion that we did not desire any other". We are not far from Baudelaire and his Petits Poèmes en prose, and Apollinaire was directly influenced by them: "He had too much natural inclination for this sometimes melancholic, sometimes buffoonish mood that Charles de Coster revived in his Légendes Flamandes, where the story of Sire Halewyn presents a strange resemblance with certain stories of L'Hérésiarque"... Attached is a typescript Le beau Dimanche et Onze Chansons (40 p. in-4, with some erasures and corrections).