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The poems of Charles Baudelaire are filled with explicit and unsettling imagery, depicting with intensity every day subjects ignored by French literary conventions of his time. 'Tableaux parisiens' portrays the brutal life of Paris's thieves, drunkards and prostitutes amid the debris of factories and poorhouses. In love poems such as 'Le Beau Navire', flights of lyricism entwine with languorous eroticism, while prose poems such as 'La Chambre Double' deal with the agonies of artistic creation and mortality. With their startling combination of harsh reality and sublime beauty, formal ingenuity and revolutionary poetic language, these poems, including a generous selection from Les Fleurs du Mal, show Baudelaire as one of the most influential poets of the nineteenth century.show more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 22.86mm | 226.8g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0140446249
  • 9780140446241
  • 266,711

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Charles Baudelaire (1821-67) has proved to be the most influential of French nineteenth-century poets for the way in which his writing combines strong emotion, acute aesthetic sensibility and formal perfection with the everyday settings and language of the modern city. This volume contains 102 poems, including ninety-two from the 1861 edition of Les Fleurs du Mal and nine from the Petits Poemes en Prose together with plain prose translations by Carol Clark.show more

About Charles-Pierre Baudelaire

Charles-Pierre Baudelaire was born in Paris in 1821. He travelled to the Indian Ocean but returned prematurely and never again travelled far from Paris, until his journey to Belgium the year before his death, where he suffered a stroke. He lived a bohemian lifestyle, writing, publishing and lecturing to raise money for his rather lavish tastes. His collection of poetry Les Fleurs du Mal (1857) was prosecuted for indecency.Carol Clark is a Fellow and Tutor in French at Balliol College, Oxford.show more

Table of contents

Selected PoemsIntroduction Notes on the Text Suggestions for Further Reading Les Fleurs du Mal Au Lecteur Spleen et Idéal Tableaux parisiens Le Vin Fleurs du Mal Révolte La Mort Les Epaves Les Epaves Galanteries Pièces diverses Poems Added in 1868 Other Verse Poems Petits Poëmes en prose Glossary Index of Titles and First Linesshow more

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