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Guillaume Apollinaire (August 26, 1880 November 9, 1918) was a poet, writer, and art critic. The foremost French poet of the early 20th century, he is credited with coining the word surrealism and writing one of the earliest works described as surrealist, the play Les Mamelles de Tirsias (1917). Two years after being wounded in World War I, he died at 38 of the Spanish flu during a pandemic.

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