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Alphonse Allais

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Alphonse Allais

Alphonse Allais (October 20, 1854 - October 28, 1905) was a French writer and humorist, born in Honfleur, Calvados.

He is the author of many collections of whimsical writings. A poet as much as a humorist, he in particular cultivated the verse form known as holorhyme, i.e. made up entirely of homophonous verses, where entire lines rhyme. For example:

par les bois du djinn où s'entasse de l'effroi,
parle et bois du gin ou cent tasses de lait froid.

Principal works

  • À se tordre 1891
  • Vive la vie!, 1892
  • Deux et deux font cinq, 1895
  • Amours, délices et orgues, 1898
  • Ne nous frappons pas (literally Let's not hit ourselves), 1900


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