Jules Laforgue


Birthday August 16, 1860

Birth Sign Leo

Birthplace Uruguay

DEATH DATE Aug 20, 1887 (27)

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French-Uruguayan poet associated with Symbolism and Impressionism and known for works such as Les Complaintes and Moralites Legendaires. His 1885 work, L'Imitation de Notre-Dame la Lune, is considered his literary masterpiece.

Before Fame

He was one of eleven children born into a French family in Uruguay. He published his first poem in 1879.


As a result of both his poor study skills and the death of his mother, he failed his baccalaureate qualifying exams three times.

Family Life

He married Leah Lee in 1886. Sadly, he and his wife both died of tuberculosis in the year following their wedding.

Associated With

His work was influenced by the free verse poetry of Walt Whitman.