Selected Poems

Paperback | May 1, 1996

byCharles-pierre BaudelaireTranslated byCarol ClarkIntroduction byCarol Clark

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'I have sought forgetful sleep in love; but love is nothing but a mattress of needles'

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.

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Charles Baudelaire (1821-67) proved to be the most influential of French 19th-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 92 from the 1861 edition of Les Fle...

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'I have sought forgetful sleep in love; but love is nothing but a mattress of needles'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, drunkard...

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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 ...

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 lav...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.77 × 5.19 × 0.65 inPublished:May 1, 1996Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140446249

ISBN - 13:9780140446241

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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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 Lines

From Our Editors

Charles Baudelaire (1821-67) proved to be the most influential of French 19th-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 92 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.