met some of the French decadent writers. One was Rollinat. Wilde noted
at 3 o’ clock in the morning that he had just reread Rollinat’s
poem describing 2 young country people, a boy and a girl, who watch
the mating of a cow and bull and silently recognize that that night
they will be repeating the same process. Rollinat’s subjects
included suicide, disease, live burial, specters, madness, diabolism.
Sherard thought that Rollinat needed help, asking Wilde If you see
a man throw himself into the river, wouldn’t you go after him?
Wilde replied: I should consider it an act of gross indecency to do
Oscar Wilde door Henri de
Birnbaum: Oscar Wilde, Fragments & Memories (1914)
follows what is apparently the tabletalk of the poet Maurice Rollinat,
who tried to rival Baudelaire on his own ground, and was going to
pieces mentally and physically when Wilde and Sherard knew him.
was drugs," writes Sherard " drugs with him morning and
night, drugs for food and drugs for sleep; cerebral excitement all the
time. The result as we saw it was a terrible one, and we could fancy
the nerve-wreck of Charles Baudekire, before the bow snapped, from the
ravaged picture before us."
checked himself in time, however, and wrote some interesting decadent
poetry, notably " Les Névroses."
invited him to a good dinner at the Voltaire, and our quotation may be
Wilde's transcription of the French poet's own words, or ideas
suggested to Wilde by what Rollinat said, or by the verses which he
recited on that occasion. The page in Wilde's note-book is headed
n'y-a q'une forme pour le beau mais pour chaque chose chaque individu
a un formule: ainsi on ne comprend pas les poets: Je
ne crois pas au progrès: mais je crois au stagnation de la perversité
me faut les rêves, le fantastique; j 'admire les chaises Japonais
parce-que ils n'ont pas été faits pour s'asseoir.
idea of music continuing the beauty of the poetry without its idea.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: Oscar Wilde
op de rug gezien (met hoge hoed) bij een voorstelling van La Goulue