Verwey, Albert

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Albert Verwey (äl´bĕrt vĕrvī´), 1865–1937, Dutch poet. His early verse was melodious, spontaneous, and evocative and showed the influence of Wordsworth; later works became increasingly dissonant and complex. Verwey came to believe that the primary role of poetry was to function as a social force, and he promoted his views in his periodical, the Bewiging [movement] (1905–19), and as professor of Dutch literature at Leiden (1924–35).