Prudhomme later renounced personal lyricism for the more objective
approach of the Parnassians, writing poems attempting to represent philosophical
concepts in verse. Two of the best known works in this vein are La Justice
(1878; "Justice") and Le Bonheur (1888; "Happiness"),
the latter an exploration of the Faustian search for love and knowledge.
Prudhomme's later work is sometimes obscure and shows a naive approach
to the problem of expressing philosophical themes in verse. He was elected
to the French Academy in 1881.
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