"If I want music in verse I'll stick to Verlaine, thank you very much."
Verlaine, Paul
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Held in the highest regard for his lyrical poetry, Paul-Marie Verlaine (March 1844 – January 1896) inspired the famous composer Claude Debussy to set six of his poetic works to music. The result was the Recueil Vasnier collection, created from the Fêtes galantes poems.

Gabriel Fauré also set various Verlaine poems to musical melodies – including La bonne chanson.

Belgian-British composer Poldowski, however, outdid them all and set a staggering 21 of Verlaine's poems to music.