Baudelaire: Les Fleurs du Mal

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Baudelaire's "Les Fleurs du Mal" marks the intrusion of modernity into the French poetic tradition. The carefully ordered collection (here presented in its 1861 edition) betrays a frighteningly honest poet grappling witha sense of his own deep spiritual imperfection, a recognition too of his creative difficulty and an ambivalent teetering on the boundary between the radical and the conservative. As no other poet had done before (and only a few have managed since), Baudelaire sustains in a single collection an ...

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Overview

Baudelaire's "Les Fleurs du Mal" marks the intrusion of modernity into the French poetic tradition. The carefully ordered collection (here presented in its 1861 edition) betrays a frighteningly honest poet grappling witha sense of his own deep spiritual imperfection, a recognition too of his creative difficulty and an ambivalent teetering on the boundary between the radical and the conservative. As no other poet had done before (and only a few have managed since), Baudelaire sustains in a single collection an exploration of sin, suffering, love, sexual desire, memory, beauty, the city, and the fundamental human impulse towards the new and the unknown - and all this in verse that resonates with a fresh timbre and persuades through its mysterious 'rhetorique profonde'. This critical edition urges the reader to join the poet in his jourbaney from benediction to death, to become a fellow traveller along the route towards 'le nouveau'.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853993442
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Series: French Texts Series
  • Edition description: French Language Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Chesters is Professor of French and Director of the Institute for Learning at the University of Hull; he is the author of "Baudelaire and the Poetics of Craft" (1998), as well as many articles on French poetry.

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