Literature > Guillaume Apollinaire
M. Laruelle had been in the artillery during the last war, survived by him in spite of Guillaume Apollinaire's being for a time his commanding officer. – UTV, 32.
Guillaume Apollinaire was the name assumed by Wilhelm Apollinaris Kostrowitzky, a French poet of Polish extraction born in Rome. Apollinaire fought for France and was seriously wounded by shrapnel in WWI, but died in the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918.
While Apollinaire is known primarily for his poetry collection Alcools [Alcohol] – and to a lesser extent his cataloguing erotica and sexology in L'Enfer [Hell] – Laruelle has in mind Apollinaire's depiction of war as a grand adventure in poems such as 'L'adieu du Cavalier' [The Horseman's Farewell]:
Ah Dieu! que la guerre est jolie
Adieu! voici le boute-selle