Charles Leconte Delisle, poet born in 1818, spent his childhood on Reunion island and in Britain, enters the Académie francaise / french academy in 1886 replacing Victor Hugo. died in1894, wrote Poèmes antiques, Poèmes barbares
Got involved for the abolition of slavery, wrote two stories one with a black falling in love with a white girl and another with a slave who kidnapped his young mistress. Family was ruined after the abolition, and LD was discredited as an abolitionist because of racist words he had have.
Ficus and flamboyant (Delonix regia)