Although one of the most versatile artists of the twentieth century, Jean Cocteau considered himself to be primarily, even solely, a poet. Hence, for him, his works in other genres were all poetry: poésie de roman [novelistic poetry], poésie de théâtre [theatrical poetry] and even poésie de critique [critical poetry], or, stretching the point yet further, poésie graphique [graphic poetry] and poésie cinématographique [cinematographic poetry]. As these last two categories indicate, his activities extended beyond the field of literature: his style in drawing and painting owes …

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Citation: Connon, Derek Frederick. "Jean Cocteau". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 August 2006 [, accessed 02 October 2023.]

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