Paul van Ostaijen

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Paul van Ostaijen
Paul van Ostaijen
Paul van Ostaijen
Born (1896-02-22)22 February 1896
Antwerp, Belgium
Died 18 March 1928(1928-03-18) (aged 32)
Miavoye-Anthée, Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Occupation poet, writer

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

Nickname[edit]

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 Ostaijen's style is very much his own.

Flamingant[edit]

Van Ostaijen was an active flamingant, a supporter of Flemish independence. Because of his involvement with Flemish activism during World War I, he had to flee to Berlin after the war. In Berlin—one of the centers of Dadaism and Expressionism—he met many other artists. He also struggled through a severe mental crisis.

Upon returning to Belgium, Van Ostaijen opened an art gallery in Brussels. He died of tuberculosis in 1928 in a sanatorium in Miavoye-Anthée, in the Wallonian Ardennes.

The Czech poet Ivan Wernisch was so impressed by "the genius of van Ostaijen"[1] that he learned Dutch to be able to translate him. His translation was published as Tanec gnómů, Dance of the gnomes, in 1990.[2]

Boem paukeslag, one of Van Ostaijen's most famous poems

Poetry[edit]

  • Music hall (1916)
  • Het sienjaal (The signal, 1918)
  • Bezette stad (Occupied city, 1921)
  • Feesten van Angst en Pijn (Feasts of Fear and Pain, written 1921, published posthumously)
  • Nagelaten gedichten (Posthumous poems, published posthumously in 1928)

From the Posthumous Poems:

Zelfmoord des Zeemans

De zeeman
hij hoort de stem der Loreley
hij ziet op zijn horloge
en springt het water in

[The Sailor's Suicide

The sailor
he hears the call of the Loreley
he looks at his watch
and jumps into the water]

Other publications[edit]

  • De trust der vaderlandsliefde (The trust of patriotism, 1925, grotesques)
  • Gebruiksaanwijzing der lyriek (Manual of lyrics, 1926, lecture)
  • Het bordeel van Ika Loch (Ika Loch's brothel, 1926, grotesques)
  • De bende van de stronk (The stump gang, 1932, grotesques)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ivan Wernisch, Pekařova noční nůše, Brno, 1994, p. 108-111
  2. ^ I. Wernisch, Tanec gnómů

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