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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Georges Raymond Constantin Rodenbach (born July 16, 1855 in Tournai, Belgium; died December 25, 1898 in Paris) was a Belgian Symbolist poet and novelist. He was born in Tournai and went to school in Ghent, where he became friends with the poet Emile Verhaeren. Rodenbach worked as a lawyer and journalist. He spent the last ten years of his life in Paris as the correspondent of the Journal de Bruxelles, and was an intimate of Edmond de Goncourt. He published eight collections of verse and four novels, as well as short stories, stage works and criticism. He produced some Parisian and purely imitative work; but a major part of his production is the outcome of a passionate idealism of the quiet Flemish towns in which he had passed his childhood and early youth. In his best known work, Bruges-la-Morte (1892), he explains that his aim is to evoke the town as a living being, associated with the moods of the spirit, counselling, dissuading from and prompting action.


  • Le Foyer et les Champs (1877), poetry
  • Les Tristesses (1879), poetry
  • La Belgique 1830-1880 (1880), historic poem
  • La Mer élégante (1881), poetry
  • L'Hiver mondain (1884)
  • Vers d'amour (1884)
  • La Jeunesse blanche (1886), poetry
  • Du Silence (1888)
  • L'Art en exil (1889)
  • Bruges-la-Morte (1892)
  • Le Voyage dans les yeux (1893)
  • Le Voile, drama
  • L'Agonie du soleil (1894)
  • Musée de béguines (1894)
  • Le Tombeau de Baudelaire (1894)
  • La Vocation (1895)
  • A propos de "Manette Salomon". L'Œuvre des Goncourt (1896)
  • Les Tombeaux (1896)
  • Les Vierges (1896)
  • Les Vies encloses (1896), poem
  • Le Carillonneur (1897)
  • Agonies de villes (1897)
  • Le Miroir du ciel natal (1898)
  • Le Mirage (1900)

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