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Viol da Gamba

Aloysius (Louis) Bertrand (1807-1841) has sometimes been called "The Father of the Modern Prose Poem," though he never used the term to describe his own work. "The Nesle Tower" and "Viol da Gamba" are from The Fantasies of Gaspard de la Nuit, a book Baudelaire cited as the precursor to his Paris Spleen. ["Contributor Note" from original publication, 1995.]