The Flowers of Evil

The Flowers of Evil

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The poetic masterpiece of the great nineteenth-century writer Charles Baudelaire, The Flowers of Evil is one of the most frequently read and studied works in the French language. In this compelling new translation of Baudelaire's most famous collection, Keith Waldrop recasts the poet's original French alexandrines and other poetic arrangements into versets, a form that hovers between poetry and prose. Maintaining Baudelaire's complex view of sound and structure, Waldrop's translation mirrors the intricacy of the original without attempting to replicate its inimitable verse. The result is a powerful new re-imagining, one that is, almost paradoxically, closer to Baudelaire's own poetry than any previous English translation. Including the six poems banned from the first edition, this Flowers of Evil preserves the complexity, eloquence, and dark humor of its author. Brought here to new life, it is hypnotic, frank, and forceful.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 15.75mm | 294.84g
  • Wesleyan University Press
  • Hanover, United States
  • English
  • Trans. from the
  • 0819568007
  • 9780819568007
  • 723,478

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"In part from landing on versets, but particularly from his deftness in English and the depth of his understanding of Baudelaire, Keith Waldrop has created a Flowers of Evil that, in one gesture, can come to terms with the new needs of poetry readers in English and the foreignness of the language of Les Fleurs du Mal." - Lucas Klein, Rain Taxi"
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About Charles Baudelaire

CHARLES BAUDELAIRE (1821-1867) wrote some of the most innovative poetry of the nineteenth century. KEITH WALDROP is author of numerous collections of poetry and is the translator of The Selected Poems of Edmond Jabes, as well as the look of other writers.
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