Paul Van Ostaijen

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BelgianBorn Paul Van Ostaijen

Belgian Dutch-language poet and writer

Born on February 22, 1896 in Antwerpen, Vlaanderen , Belgium

Died on March 18, 1928 in Miavoye-Anthée, Namur , Belgium

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

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

Van Ostaijen was born in Antwerp to Dutch father and Flemish mother. 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.

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" that he learned Dutch to be able to translate him. His translation was published as Tanec gnómů, Dance of the gnomes, in 1990.


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

Other publications
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

Flemish literature


External links
Nagelaten gedichten
Short biography Archived 15 December 2005 at the Wayback Machine
Dandy en dichter Archived 31 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
Sonja A.J. Neef: Kalligramme. Zur Medialität einer Schrift. Anhand von Paul van Ostaijens "De feesten van angst en pijn". Amsterdam: ASCA Press 2000
Works by Paul van Ostaijen at Project Gutenberg

Biography from Wikipedia (see original) under licence CC BY-SA 3.0


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