- Guido Gezelle
Guido Gezelle (
May 1, 1830- November 27, 1899) was an influential Dutch language writerand poetand a Roman Catholic priestfrom Belgium.
He was born in
Brugesin 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 always interested in all things in English and was given the prestigious right of being the priest for the 'English Convent' in Bruges. He died there in a small room, where it is still forbidden to enter.
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).
There is a museum of his works close by the English convent and also a small bar named after him.
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 Flemishdialect. His works are often inspired by his mystic love towards God and Creation. For his linguistical mastery, he is till today considered one of the most important poets in Dutch.
* "Kerkhofblommen" (1858)
* "Vlaemsche Dichtoefeningen" (1858)
* "Kleengedichtjes" (1860)
* "Gedichten, Gezangen en Gebeden" (1862)
* "Tijdkrans" (1893)
* "Rijmsnoer" (1897)
* "Laatste Verzen" (1901)
* [http://www.trabel.com/brugge-m-gezelle.htm Guido Gezelle Museum]
* [http://www.gezelle.be/ Gezelle website]
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