Boutens, Pieter Cornelis

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Boutens, Pieter Cornelis Gender: M
born on 20 February 1870 at 08:30 (= 08:30 AM )
Place Middelburg, Netherlands, 51n30, 3e37
Timezone LMT m3e37 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Taeger
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 01°32' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 29°17 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 17°50'

Pieter Cornelis Boutens


Dutch poet, classicist, and mystic.

After finishing the Gymnasium Middelburg, he began to study classical languages in 1890 at the University of Utrecht, and graduated in 1899 on a study of the Greek comedy writer Aristophanes.

His debut as a poet was the Utrecht Student Almanac in 1891. His early work was inspired by the verses of Herman Gorter; later sources of inspiration were Plato, Sappho and the Bible. Boutens' style became based on the idea of achieving a "higher reality".

In 1894 he accepted the post of teacher of classical languages at the Noorthey boarding school for boys in Voorschoten, at the time a renowned institute for young people from aristocratic families.

After a physical collapse in 1904 and a subsequent holiday in Tyrol, he settled in The Hague, where he earned his living by private tuition and the financial support of some aristocratic friends he had from Noorthey.

He became a member of the Association of Writers (founded in 1905), and became its president in 1918. During German occupation in World War II, he also became a member of the Nazi-installed Nederlandsche Kultuurkamer.

Boutens died in The Hague on 14 March 1943.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Arondeus, Willem (born 22 August 1894). Notes: Illustrator of Boutens poetry

Source Notes

Taeger quotes Lescaut. Kampherbeek has the same data


  • Vocation : Writers : Poet