Contemporary Belgian Poetry

Selected and Translated by Jethro Bithell

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Author: Jethro Bithell
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 43,955 / 135 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.7
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 373
Added to site: 2011.09.12
mnybks.net#: 30741
Genre: Poetry
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iplied energy; their machines are the expression of forces tamed and organized; their innumerable crowds are joined together in harmonious action. Thus to Verhaeren all things appear full of beauty. He loves our epoch because it does not disperse effort, but condenses it, because it is not scattered, but concentrated for action. All that has will, and an aim in view, man, machine, crowd, town, capital; all that vibrates, works, hammers, travels; all that bears in itself fire, impulse, electricity, and feeling--all this rings in his verse. Everything lives its minute; in this multiple gear there is no dust, no useless ornamentation; but everywhere is creation; the feeling of the future directs all action. The town is a living being."

Verhaeren knows the great cities of Europe. He has felt the spell of Hamburg, as well as of Hildesheim and of little towns in Spain. We have seen him during his period of depression isolated in London, and while in England he was fascinated by the reek of soot and tar in Li

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