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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tristan Corbiere stamp by France

France has issued a stamp commemorating the French poet with a tragic fate Tristan Corbiere.

Tristan Corbiere (18 July 1845 - 1 March 1875) was born in Coat-Congar, Ploujean, near Morlaix in Brittany, where he lived most of his life and where he died.

His mother belonged to one of the most prominent families of the local bourgeoisie. His father was known for his best-selling novel Le Negrier.

During his schooling at the Imperial Lycee of Saint-Brieuc where he studied from 1858 until 1860, he fell prey to a deep depression, and, over several freezing winters, contracted the severe rheumatism which was to disfigure him severely. He blamed his parents for having placed him there, far from his family's care and affection. Difficulties in adapting to the harsh discipline of the college gradually developed those characteristics of anarchic disdain and sarcasm which were to give much of his verse its distinctive voice.

His work was little known until Paul Verlaine included him in his gallery of poetes maudits (accursed poets), but Verlaine's recommendation was enough to get his work noticed and established him as one of the masters acknowledged by the Symbolists.

His only published verse in his lifetime appeared in "Les amours jaunes" (Yellow love), 1873. Corbiere died of tuberculosis at the age of 29.

The stamp represents the profile of Tristan Corbiere and several verses from "Les amours jaunes"