Gérard de Nerval was found hanged at a lamp-post on a morning of January 1855.
"The unreconciled, in their metaphysical pain,
Stangle on lamp-posts in the dawn rain
And much dies with them." (Derek Mahon)
He was a bright poet, he knew 17 languages and more religions, and wrote a telling about his search of Aurelia, the star-woman who led him to heaven and hell.