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Selected Poems from les Fleurs du Mal A Bilingual Edition

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ISBN-10: 0226039269

ISBN-13: 9780226039268

Edition: 1999

Authors: Charles Baudelaire, Norman R. Shapiro, Willis Barnstone, David Schorr

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This selection of poems from Les Fleurs du mal demonstrates the range of Baudelaire's gift, from the quatrains to the formal challenges of his sonnets. The poems are presented in both French and English.
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List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 3/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836

Charles Baudelaire, 1821 - 1867 Charles Baudelaire had perhaps had an immeasurable impact on modern poetry. He was born on April 9, 1821, to Joseph-Francois Baudelaire and Caroline Archimbaut Dufays in Paris. He was educated first at a military boarding school and then the College Louis-le-Grand, where he was later expelled in 1839. Baudelaire then began to study law, at the Ecole de Droit in Paris, but devoted most of his time to debauchery. After an abortive trip to the East, he settled in Paris and lived on an inheritance from his much despised step father, while he wrote poetry. During this period he met Jeanne Duval, a mulatto with whom he fell in love with and who became the "Black Venus," the muse behind some of his most powerful erotic verse. Baudelaire strove to portray sensual experiences and moods through complex imagery and classical form, avoiding sentimentality and objective description. Thus he profoundly influenced the later French symbolist writers, including Mallarme and Rimbaud, and such English-language poets as Yeats, Eliot, and Stevens. With much of his inheritance squandered, Baudelaire turned to journalism, especially art and literary criticism, the first of which were "Les Salons". Here he discovered the work of Edgar Allan Poe, which became an influence on his own poetry. While continuing to write unpublished verse, Baudelaire became famous as critic and translator of Poe. This reputation enabled Baudelaire to publish his most famous collection of poetry, "Les Fleurs du Mal" (The Flowers of Evil) in 1857. The result was an obscenity trial and the banning of six of the poems. Though he continued to write journalism with some success, he became increasingly depressed and pessimistic. Baudelaire attempted suicide in 1845, an attempt to get attention, and became minorly involved in the French Revolution. Today Baudelaire's work is considered the "last brilliant summation of romanticism, precursor of symbolism and the first expression of modern techniques". It was his originality that set him apart and ultimately proved to be his end. Baudelaire died, apparently from complications of syphilis, on August 31, 1867, in Paris.

Willis Barnstone was born in Lewiston, Maine. He attended Bowdoin, Columbia, and Yale, earning his doctorate. Barnstone taught in Greece from 1949 to 1951, and in Buenos Aires during the Dirty War. He went to China during the Cultural Revolution, where he was later a Fulbright Professor of American Literature at Beijing Foreign Studies University from 1984 to 1985. Barnstone has authored more than forty books, poetry collections, poetry translations, philosophical and religious texts. He is a former O'Connor Professor of Greek at Colgate University, is a Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and is in the Institute of Biblical and Literary Studies at Indiana University. He has received numerous awards for his work, among them the Emily Dickinson Award, the W. H. Auden Award, and a PEN/Book-of-the-Month-Club Special Citation for translation. Barnstone was also a Guggenheim Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry. His titles include The Complete Poems of Sappho,, Translated with an Introduction, Ancient Greek Lyrics, Love Poems, and Caf� de l'Aube � Paris, Dawn Caf� in Paris: Poems Composed in French and Their Translation in English.

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Illustrator's Preface
To the Reader The Albatross Elevation Correspondences
The Sick Muse The Wretched Monk The Enemy The Jinx The Former Life
Man and the Sea Don Juan in Hell Pride Punished Beauty
The Ideal The Giantess Hymn to Beauty Exotic Perfume Tresses
"I worship you ..." "Boredom it is ..." Sed non satiata
"Dressed in her opalescent ..." De profundis clamavi The Vampire
"One night, with a vile Jewess ..."
The Cat The Possessed All of Her "What will you say ..."
The Living Torch Reversibility Dawn of the Spirit Evening Harmony Poison Heavens' Haze
The Beautiful Ship Invitation to the Voyage Chat For a Creole Lady Moesta et Errabunda The Incubus Autumn Sonnet Sorrows of the Moon Cats
The Owls The Pipe Music Burial A Fantastic Engraving The Cracked Bell Spleen Spleen Spleen Spleen Obsession The Taste for Nothingness Grief's Alchemy Harmony of Horror Heautontimoroumenos Landscape The Sun The Swan "I still recall ..."
Mists and Rains Morning Twilight The Lone Man's Wine Lovers' Wine Destruction The Two Good Sisters The Fountain of Blood Beatrice Mine Abel and Cain The End of the Day Notes Illustrator's
Notes
Acknowledgments