Definition of poète maudit in US English:

poète maudit

nounPlural poètes maudits

  • A poet who is insufficiently appreciated by their contemporaries.

    • ‘The patron saint of the Beats, indeed of all those like Wieners who seek literature in extremity, is Arthur Rimbaud, one of the great French poètes maudits.’
    • ‘The narrative technique is complex, showing debts to Conrad, Joyce, and Faulkner, and the text is packed with allusions to classical, Elizabethan, and Jacobean tragedy and to ‘poètes maudits’ such as Swinburne and Baudelaire.’
    • ‘It seemed to her that Robert Lowell played the double role of misfit and leader- ‘poète maudit and chef d'école’ and in this cleverly turned comment took account of Lowell's privilege as well as his genius.’
    • ‘Yet, unlike that of the much-remembered poète maudit, Loden's voice seemed doomed to historical erasure.’
    • ‘According to Adams's bold and original thesis, Wilde's fascination with the writings and personal history of John Henry Newman makes the Holy Cardinal into a spiritual precursor of these poètes maudits!’
    • ‘Brian Wilson as Southern California poète maudit is a familiar story, not that one ever minds it being retold.’


French, literally ‘cursed poet’.


poète maudit

/pōˌet mōˈdē/