Paul van Ostaijen

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Paul van Ostaijen (22 February 1896 – 18 March 1928) was a Belgian poet and writer.

Van Ostaijen was born in Antwerp. His nickname was Mister 1830, derived from his habit of walking along the streets of Antwerp clothed as a dandy from that year.

His poetry shows influences from Modernism, Expressionism, Dadaism and early Surrealism, but Van O ...
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Night Sounds
There must be white farms beyond the edge
of the blue fields by the moon
at night you hear along distant roads
horse hooves
you hear everything then silent delusion
The Sailor's Suicide
The sailor
hears the voice of the Lorelei
he looks at his watch
and jumps in the water
The Old Man
An old man in the street
his simple tale to the old woman
it's nothing it sounds like a tenuous tragedy
his voice is white
it resembles a knife that's been whetted for so long
the steel has worn thin
Bersaglieri Song
A gentleman going up the street
a gentleman going down the street
two gentlemen going up and down
that is the one gentleman goes up
and the other gentleman goes down


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