Strange as it may seem for a much translated autor as Louis Couperus, in the English language we couldn't find much information about Couperus' debut as a writer! Well, fine, we wrote it ourselves and published it on the English Wikipedia as soon as we finished it! So now you can also read all about A ribbon of poems! Below the introduction, the rest can be found here. We hope you enjoy!
A ribbon of poems (Dutch: Een lent van vaerzen) was the literary debut of Dutch writer Louis Couperus. The collection of poetry A ribbon of poems (23 poems) received a good review by critic J.H. van Hall in the Dutch literary magazine "The Gids"; Van Hall compared Couperus' poetry with those written by Heinrich Heine, Everhardus Johannes Potgieter and Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft; Jan ten Brink, Couperus' teacher and later professor at the University of Leiden drew comparisons with Constantijn Huygens. Not every critic however was that positive; Couperus' debut was also termed "contrived and effeminate".