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Jean Moreas

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Jean Moréas (April 15, 1856 - 1910), born Iannis Papadiamontopolos, was a Greek poet who wrote in the French language.

Moréas was born in Athens. He was initially an adherent of the school of Symbolism, and wrote the Symbolist Manifesto (1886) in part as a means of distancing the esthetic of the rising generation of young writers from the "decadent" label that the press had placed on them. He was considered one of the most important Symbolist poets until the early 1890s. In 1891 as Symbolism became more openly associated with anarchism, he published Le Pèlerin passioné which rejected northern European and Germanic influences, such as Romanticism (as well as some aspects of Symbolism), in favor of Roman and Greek influences. This work laid the foundation for the Ecole Romane whose esthetic provided Charles Maurras with the ideological framework for the far-right Action Française.

His most important publications were:

  • Les Syrtes (1884)
  • Les Cantilènes (1886)
  • Le Pèlerin passioné (1891)
  • Stances (1893)
  • Contes de la vielle France (1904)

External link

Poems of Jean Moréas (in French): http://poesie.webnet.fr/auteurs/moreas.html

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