Régnier, Henri de

Régnier, Henri de

(äNrē` də rānyā`), 1864–1936, French poet, one of the young symbolistssymbolists,
in literature, a school originating in France toward the end of the 19th cent. in reaction to the naturalism and realism of the period. Designed to convey impressions by suggestion rather than by direct statement, symbolism found its first expression in poetry but
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 of the circle of Mallarmé. His early Poèmes anciens et romanesques (1891) showed skill in free verse, but his style soon changed to follow classical models, chiefly through the influence of José Maria de Heredia, father of Régnier's wife, Marie Louise de Heredia de Régnier, herself a poet. The poetic volume La Sandale ailée (1906; tr. Poems from the Wingèd Sandal, 1933) represents Régnier's classical style. Régnier also wrote successful novels that reflected his interest in history.
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