Guido Gezelle

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Guido Gezelle
BirthplaceBruges, Belgium
Nationality Belgium
poet, priest, writer

Gezelle, Guido


Born May 1, 1830, in Bruges; died there Nov. 27, 1899. Belgian poet, philologist, folklorist; member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Language and Literature. Wrote in the Flemish language.

Gezelle was a clergyman; he was dismissed from teaching in a theological seminary for spreading Flemish culture. He was author of the collections Graveyard Flowers (1858), Poetic Exercises (1858), and Little Poems (1860). He also wrote mystical hymns and poems on death and eternity, nature, and religion in the spirit of Christian romanticism (“Garland of Time,” 1893; “Row of Rhymes,” 1897).


Volledige werken, vols. 1-18. Amsterdam, 1930-39.


Walgrave, A. Het leven van Guido Gezelle, vols. 1-2. Amsterdam, 1923-24.
Duinkerken, A. van. Guido Gezelle’s kerkhofblommen 1858-1958. Amsterdam, 1958.
Busschere, K. de. Guido Gezelle, 2nd ed. Bruges, 1964.
Wouters, L. Guido Gezelle. [Paris, 1965.]
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She wrote an autobiography of the nineteenth-century Belgian poet-priest Guido Gezelle which became an instant standard work, and she has published a number of prose and poetic works, all of which demonstrate her deep interest in and extensive knowledge and appreciation of classical philosophy and literature.