Synopses & Reviews
Les Fleurs du Mal, once the most infamous book of poems in French literature, has in this century become the most famous and the most admired, owing its "landmark" status to the sheer aesthetic quality of its verses rather than to its judicial condemnation on its first publication in 1857. In this volume, Professor Leakey provides a comprehensive guide to the understanding and appreciation of Les Fleurs du Mal, offering new insights into its composition, themes and style, setting it in its historical context, and devoting a whole chapter to Baudelaire's crowning achievement, Le Cygne.
"...F.W. Leakey's concise volume serves as an excellent guide to Baudelaire's poetry and life. Leakey's lifelong study of Baudelaire's works is apparent on every page, an artful blend of essential information and critical insight. ... What distinguishes this volume overall is the ease with which Leakey ties Baudelaire's work to the broad tradition of French lyric verse, and simultaneously sets it apart, highlighting Baudelaire's originality and modernity." French Review
A guide to the understanding and appreciation of "Les Fleurs du Mal", offering insights into its composition, themes and style (sound as well as sense), and setting it in its historical context. A whole chapter is devoted to "Le Cygne".
This textbook series is ambitious in scope. It provides concise and lucid introductions to major works of world literature from classical antiquity to the twentieth century.
Les Fleurs du mal owes its 'landmark' status to the sheer aesthetic quality of its verses. Professor Leakey provides a comprehensive guide to understanding the poems and their context and a detailed account of Le Cygne.
A comprehensive guide to the understanding and appreciation of what was once considered the most infamous book of poems in French literature offers new insights into its composition, themes and style, historical context, etc.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 109-113) and index.
Table of Contents
Chronology; 1. Composition; 2. Themes; 3. Sound and verse; 4. Swan-song: Le Cygne; 5. Conclusion; Guide to further reading; Brief index of poems by Baudelaire.