Guido Gezelle

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Guido Gezelle
BirthplaceBruges, Belgium
Nationality Belgium
poet, priest, writer
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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.]
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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