Flowers of Evil

ISBN-10: 0819568007

ISBN-13: 9780819568007

Edition: 2006

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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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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 2/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638

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.

Translator's Introduction
The Flowers of Evil
To the Reader
Spleen and Ideal
The Albatross
"I like to bring to mind . . ."
Beacon Lights
Sick Muse
Mercenary Muse
The Bad Monk
The Enemy
Bad Luck
The Life Before
Gypsy Travelers
Man and Sea
Don Juan in Hell
Pride Punished
The Ideal
The Mask
Hymn to Beauty
Exotic Perfume
"I adore you . . ."
"You would take the whole universe . . ."
Sed Non Satiata
"In her flowing pearly garments . . ."
Dancing Serpent
De Profundis Clamavi
"One night while I lay . . ."
Posthumous Remorse
The Cat
The Balcony
The Possessed
A Phantom
"I give you these verses . . ."
Semper Eadem
"What will you say this evening . . ."
Living Torch
Spiritual Dawn
Evening's Harmony
l Sky in Confusion
The Fine-looking Ship
Invitation to the Voyage
The Irreparable
Autumn Song
To a Madonna
Afternoon Song
Franciscae Meae Laudes
To a Creole Lady
Moesta et Errabunda
Autumn Sonnet
The Sorrowing Moon
The Pipe
A Fantasy Print
Dead Man Glad
The Vessel of Hate
The Cracked Bell
The Taste for Nothing
Alchemy of Pain
Sympathetic Horror
Beyond Remedy
The Clock
Parisian Scenes
The Sun
To a Redheaded Beggar Girl
The Swan
The Seven Old Men
The Little Old Women
The Blind
To a Woman Passing By
The Skeleton Laborer
Evening Twilight
Danse Macabre
Love of a Lie
"I have not forgotten . . ."
"The big-hearted servant . . ."
Fog, Rain
Paris Dream
Morning Twilight
The Soul of the Wine
The Ragpicker's Wine
The Assassin's Wine
The Wine of the Solitary
The Wine of Lovers
Flowers of Evil
A Martyr
Women Damned
The Two Good Sisters
The Fountain of Blood
His Beatrice
A Voyage to Cythera
Love and the Skull
Saint Peter's Denial
Abel and Cain
Litanies of Satan
The Death of Lovers
Death of the Poor
The Death of Artists
End of Day
Dream of a Curious Character
The Voyage
The Banned Poems
Women Damned
To Her, Too Merry
The Jewels
Metamorphoses of the Vampire
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