Synopses & Reviews
Sex and death, rebellion, corruption — the themes of Charles Baudelaire's sensual poems sparked outrage upon their 1857 debut. His masterpiece, Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs du Mal),
was dismissed as decadent and obscene and banned in France for nearly a century. Although Baudelaire died in obscurity, today he is recognized as one of the nineteenth century's greatest and most influential poets, whose works were ahead of their time.
This unique collection captures the fevered spirit of the transition from Romanticism to Modernism with authoritative interpretations of fifty-one poems from Flowers of Evil. In addition, fourteen prose poems from the posthumously published Paris Spleen offer poignant reflections on the city and its humbler denizens. Noted scholar Wallace Fowlie provides definitive translations of these verses.
Sex and death, rebellion, corruption — the themes of Baudelaire's sensual poems sparked outrage upon their 1857 publication. This unique collection captures the fevered spirit of the transition from Romanticism to Modernism with definitive translations of 51 poems from Flowers of Evil, plus 14 prose poems from the posthumously published Paris Spleen.
Unique collection of Baudelaire's sensual poems about sex and death, rebellion, and corruption features definitive translations of 51 poems from Flowers of Evil, plus 14 prose poems from Paris Spleen.
About the Author
Poet, critic, and translator Charles Baudelaire (1821-67) was deeply affected by Gothic novels and the works of Edgar Allan Poe. A leading figure of the Decadent movement, he exercised enormous influence over subsequent poets and authors, including Rimbaud, Proust, and Eliot. He published his first and most famous book of poems, Flowers of Evil,
at the age of 36 and died less than a decade later, after a life shadowed by debt, drug abuse, and disease.
Translator Walter Fowlie was the James Duke Professor of French at Duke University.
Table of Contents
The Flowers of Evil To the Reader The Blessing The Albatross Elevation Correspondences Beacons The Enemy Ill Luck Former Life Man and the Sea Don Juan in Hell Beauty The Giantess The Mask Hymn to Beauty Her Hair "I Worship You" A Carrion De Profundis Clamavi Duellum The Balcony "I Give You These Verses" Semper Eadem "What Will You Say?" Dawn of the Spirit Evening Harmony An Invitation to Voyage Irreparable Song of Autumn Moesta et Errabunda Cats The Broken Bell Spleen Heautontimoroumenos The Irremediable The Swan "The Warm-Hearted Servant" Parisian Dream Morning Twilight Destruction A Martyr A Voyage to Cythera Death of the Lovers Death of the Artists The Voyage Lesbos The Fountain To a Malabar Girl Epigraph for a Condemned Book Meditation The Abyss Complaints of an IcarusParis Spleen The Stranger The Artist's Confiteor The Double Room Each of Us Has His Chimera The Wicked Maker of Window Glass Crowds The Old Clown The Poor Boy's Toy The Rope The Thyrsus Intoxication The Mirror The Harbor Any Where Out of the WorldAlphabetical List of TitlesAlphabetical List of First Lines