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Emile Verhaeren (Belgium)

Emile Verhaeren (1855-1916) is the most important Belgian poet in the French language. He was born and educated in Flanders and then settled into the literary community of Brussels where he soon became a pivotal link with the symbolist movement in Paris, finally moving there in 1898. Verhaeren's oeuvre is immense and was often illustrated by leading artists of the day. A national treasure, and symbol of defiance against German aggression, he died in an accident in Rouen station in 1916.