Paul-Jean Toulet

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Paul-Jean Toulet

Paul-Jean Toulet (1867–1920) was a French poet. He is famous for a book of verse, Les Contrerimes.


  • A mops thinks 'I commited heresy'. But did it?
    To be a heretic, you have to know the Spirit.

  • Benáres, that name is full of odours which have fled.
    By thy shores I saw the smoke from the pyres of three dead.

  • We loved each other. No faithfulness my love did lack.
    Love, you divine flame; you hole of colour: black.

  • Pick me up, o stranger, it is no sin, so lovely is my smell.
    Violet's a smile of those who in their graves now dwell.

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