You’d never have found Mallarmé in the back room at the Prince. He kept more elevated company. His poetry is equally elevated. As a Symbolist he played primarily with the ambiguity & musicality of words. Their ability to suggest dreamy or childlike or exotic moods.
His ‘A Throw of the Dice’ played with space, emptiness, typography, chance procedures & multiple pathways of reading that influenced DADA, Surrealism, Concrete Poetry & any number of more conventional poetics. It remains influential still.