Yep, except Baudelaire, Verlaine and Rimbaud weren't Symbolists, only their followers. What was to consider for them, is the authenticity coming from the language alone, in all its invention and creativity, above - or along with - its subject and meaning.
There was, to me, a similar evolution in paintings. Impressionnists were getting away from high and noble ambitions of classicism and romanticism to favour more free and vivid expressions, and it was suddenly a breath of fresh air.
Edited by Hugues, 14 March 2009 - 12:43 PM.