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symbolists Group of French poets active in the latter part of the 19th century, of whom the most famous were Mallarmé, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Corbière, and Laforgue. Influenced by Baudelaire, they sought to transcend reality as portrayed in the realist novel and to create poetic impressions through suggestion rather than statement. See also symbolism

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Symbolists: see SYMBOLS.

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