Thursday 20 June 2013

Maurice de Guérin, 1810–1839 (French poet)

* Maurice de Guérin ― recognized by literary critic, Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, for the "strong and absorbing passion for nature" in his prose ― had passionate Pluto in poetic Pisces opposite nature-loving Venus in Virgo.


Georges Maurice de Guérin du Cayla (4 August 1810 – 19 July 1839) was a French poet. Descended from a noble and rich family, he was born at the chateau of Le Cayla in Andillac, Tarn. He was educated for the church at a religious seminary at Toulouse, and then at the Collège Stanislas, Paris. In November 1838 he married a Creole lady of some fortune; but a few months afterwards he died of consumption. In the Revue des deux mondes for 15 May 1840, a memorial of Maurice de Guérin by George Sand was published, to which she added two fragments of his writings ― one a composition in prose entitled "The Centaur", and the other a short poem. His Reliquiae (2 vols., 1861), including the "Centaur", his journal, a number of his letters and several poems, was edited by G.S. Trébutien, and accompanied with a biographical and critical notice by Sainte-Beuve; a new edition, with the title Journal, lettres et poèmes, followed in 1862; and an English translation of it was published at New York in 1867. His sister Eugénie was a great influence on him and published some of his works after his death.

Though he was essentially a poet, his prose is more striking and original than his poetry. Its peculiar and unique charm arises from his strong and absorbing passion for nature, a passion whose intensity reached almost to adoration and worship, but in which the pagan was more prominent than the moral element. According to Sainte-Beuve, "no French poet or painter has rendered so well the feeling for nature ― the feeling not so much for details as for the ensemble and the divine universality, the feeling for the origin of things and the sovereign principle of life."

Read more from his Wikipedia biography.

Picture Credit: French poet Maurice de Guérin (1810-1839), artist unknown.


BIRTH DATA: Georges Pierre Maurice de Guérin du Cayla, 4 August 1810, 16:00 (4 p.m.) LMT (-0:07:32), Andillac, France (44n00, 01e53). ASC: 19 Sagittarius. RR: AA (quoted birth record). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield (c) quotes the birth certificate transcribed in Élie Decahors, Maurice de Guérin: essai de biographie psychologique (Paris: Bloud et Gay, 1932), p. 554: "Le quatre août mille huit cents dix, par devant nous Jean Gastou Maire de la Commune d'Andillac, canton de Montmiral arrondissement de Gaillac, département du Tarn. Est comparu, le Sr Jean Guilhaume Joseph Guérin du Cayla, propriétaire, âgé de trente un an, demeurant au Cayla commune d'Andillac, lequel Nous a présenté un Enfant du sexe masculin, né aujourd'hui à quatre heures du soir, de lui déclarant et de dame Jeanne Gertrude Victoire Fontanilles sa femme figée de vingt huit ans auquel il a déclaré vouloir donner les prénoms de (Georges-Pierre-Maurice) . . . "

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