Paul CLAUDEL (1868-1955), poet, playwright, essayist, a towering force in French literature of the first half of the 20th century.
CLAUDEL best-known and most impressive lyrical works are the ambitious, confessional "Cinq grandes odes" (1910). Later volumes, which consist of poems written at various times, lack the symbolic unity that holds the odes together. He very early adopted a long, unscanned, usually unrhymed line that came to be known as the verset claudélien, which is his unique contribution to French prosody. (britannica.com)