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French poet, was born at Honfleur (Calvados) on the 28th of December 1864, and was educated in Paris for the law. In 1885 he began to contribute to the Parisian reviews, and his verses found their way into most of the French and Belgian periodicals favorable to the symbolist writers. Having begun, however, to write under the leadership of the Parnassians, he retained the classical tradition, though he adopted some of the innovations of Moras and Gustave Kahn. His gorgeous and vaguely suggestive style shows the influence of Stphane Mallarm, of whom he was an assiduous disciple. His first volume of poems, Lendemains, appeared in 1885, and among numerous later volumes are Pomes anciens et romanesques (1890), Les Jeux rusliques et divins (1890), Les Mdailles dargent (1900), La Cite des eaux (1903). He is also the author of a series of realistic novels and tales, among which are La Canne de jaspe (2nd ed., 1897), La Double Maitresse (5th ed., 1900), Les Vacances dun jeune homme sage (1904), and Les Amants singuliers (1905). M. de Rgnier married Mlle. Marie de Hrdia, daughter of the poet, and herself a novelist and poet under the name of Gerard dHouville.

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l\'amor a l\'é etern tant ch\'a dura