Vintage poetry books Guido Gezelle


Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Vintage poetry books by the Flemish Poet Priest Guido Gezelle – and a picture with portrait of the poet – photographed from a private collection
Amsterdam, 2012

Guido Gezelle (source: Wikipedia)
Guido Pieter Theodorus Josephus Gezelle (1 May 1830 – 27 November 1899) was an influential writer and poet and a Roman Catholic priest from Belgium. He is famous for the use of the West Flemish dialect.

Guide Gezelle was born in Bruges in the province of West Flanders, where he also spent most of his life. He was ordained a priest in 1854, and worked as a teacher and priest in Roeselare.
He was the son of Monica Devrieze and Pieter Jan Gezelle, a Flemish gardener in Bruges. Gezelle was the uncle of Flemish writer Stijn Streuvels (Frank Lateur).

He tried to develop an independent Flemish language, more or less separated from the general Dutch language, which had certain more “Hollandic” aspects. The Dutch he used in his poems was heavily influenced by the local West Flemish dialect. His works are often inspired by his mystic love towards God and Creation. Later, his poetry was associated with literary Impressionism, and he is considered a forerunner of that movement.
For his linguistical mastery, Gezelle is till today considered one of the most important poets in Dutch.

The books in the photo show a publication his collective work:
Kerkhofblommen (1858)
Vlaemsche Dichtoefeningen (1858)
Kleengedichtjes (1860)
Gedichten, Gezangen en Gebeden (1862)
Longfellows Song of Hiawatha (translation, 1886)
Tijdkrans (1893)
Rijmsnoer (1897)
Laatste Verzen (1901)

Technical details
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Pentax-DA 15-55mm lens
exp.time 1/45 sec. at f/5.6
ISO 100 – Focal length 28mm
Date: nov.2012

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