Definition of poète maudit in English:

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poète maudit

Pronunciation: /pōˌet mōˈdē/

noun (plural poètes maudits /mōˈdē(z)/)

A poet who is insufficiently appreciated by their contemporaries.
Example sentences
  • The narrative technique is complex, showing debts to Conrad, Joyce, and Faulkner, and the text is packed with allusions to classical, Elizabethan, and Jacobean tragedy and to ‘poètes maudits’ such as Swinburne and Baudelaire.
  • The patron saint of the Beats, indeed of all those like Wieners who seek literature in extremity, is Arthur Rimbaud, one of the great French poètes maudits.
  • It seemed to her that Robert Lowell played the double role of misfit and leader- ‘poète maudit and chef d'école’ and in this cleverly turned comment took account of Lowell's privilege as well as his genius.


French, literally 'cursed poet'.

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Syllabification: poète mau·dit

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