Paul Verlaine, 1907.
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'If I drink, it is to get drunk, not to drink.' French poet Verlaine (1844-1896) was an alcoholic with a taste for absinthe. When Arthur Rimbaud tried to break off their relationship, Verlaine, drunk and desolate, shot Rimbaud in the wrist. Verlaine was tried for attempted murder and sent to prison. Illustration of the French poet from 'L'Assiette au Beurre'.