Symbolist Manifesto

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The Symbolist Manifesto (French: Le Symbolisme) was published on 18 September 1886[1] in the French newspaper Le Figaro by the Greek-born poet and essayist Jean Moréas. It defines and characterizes Symbolism as a style whose "goal was not the ideal, but whose sole purpose was to express itself for the sake of being expressed." It names Charles Baudelaire, Stéphane Mallarmé, and Paul Verlaine as the three leading poets of the movement.


  1. ^ Lucie-Smith, Edward. (1972) Symbolist Art. London: Thames & Hudson, p. 54. ISBN 0500201250