I think you rather underestimate Verlaine's writing, particularly the themes of ambiguity and the dichotomies inherent to modern life.
If you could only halve one who would you choose?
Hell is a great writer but a rote and diffident performer, Verlaine is a miserable human being to deal with on a personal level but he is the total package artistically speaking.
I never really hung out with Mr Hell but it made me think about priorities when i found out my artistic hero, Mr Verlaine was such a miserable pr*ck.
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