Definition of poète maudit in US English:

poète maudit


  • A poet who is insufficiently appreciated by their contemporaries.

    ‘he fritters his talent away playing out the role of poète maudit, never getting around to writing anything very serious’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Brian Wilson as Southern California poète maudit is a familiar story, not that one ever minds it being retold.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yet, unlike that of the much-remembered poète maudit, Loden's voice seemed doomed to historical erasure.’


French, literally ‘cursed poet’.


poète maudit

/pōˌet mōˈdē/