Complete Poems

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Rimbaud called Charles Baudelaire 'le premier voyant, roi des poetes, un vrai dieu'. The history of modern poetry begins with him. This is a comprehensive translation of all Baudelaire's poetry, excluding only juvenilia, occasional verse and work of doubtful attribution. Baudelaire contemplated a volume of poems that would 'launch him into the future like a cannon-ball'. Here it is in vivid and formally authoritative translation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857549393
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 859,509
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Baudelaire was a well-known French poet, a translator, a critic, and the author of Les Fleurs du mal, Journaux intimes, and Petits po√®mes en prose. Walter Martin is a poet, a translator, and the owner of Chimaera, a bookshop in Palo Alto, California. He lives near San Francisco.

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Table of Contents

To the Reader 3
Benediction 9
The Albatros 15
Transcendence 17
Universal Analogies 19
'I love the thought...' 21
The Guiding Lights 25
The Sick Muse 29
The Mercenary Muse 31
The Bad Monk 33
The Enemy 35
Bad Luck 37
Previous Existence 39
Roving Gypsies 41
Man and Sea 43
Don Juan in the Underworld 45
Punishment of Pride 47
Beauty 49
The Ideal 51
The Giantess 53
Jewels 55
The Mask 57
Hymn to Beauty 59
Exotic Scent 61
Her Hair 63
'I love you as I love...' 65
'When boredom gnaws...' 67
Still Unsatisfied 69
'In glistening shot-silk...' 71
The Dancing Serpent 73
Carrion 75
Out of the Depths 79
The Vampire 81
Lethe 83
'One night I had...' 85
Posthumous Remorse 87
Cat 89
Mortal Combat 91
The Balcony 93
Possessed 95
Black Brightness 97
The Scent 99
The Frame 101
The Portrait 103
'These lines I give to you...' 105
Ever the Same 107
Total Harmony 109
'What will you say...' 111
The Living Torch 113
Too Full of Life 115
Reversibility 117
Confession 119
Spiritual Dawn 123
Evening Harmony 125
The Perfume-flask 127
Poison 129
Uncertain Skies 131
Cat 133
The Proud Ship 137
Invitation to a Voyage 141
The Irreparable 145
Conversation 149
Song of Autumn 151
To a Madonna 153
Song for an Afternoon 157
Sisina 161
In Praise of My Francoise 163
To a Creole Lady 165
Restless and Sad 167
The Living Dead 169
Autumn Sonnet 171
The Melancholy Moon 173
Cats 175
Owls 177
Pipe 179
Music 181
A Burial 183
A Fantastic Engraving 185
The Carefree Corpse 187
The Cask of Hate 189
The Cracked Bell 191
Black Bile (Pluvius...) 193
Black Bile (Millenium...) 195
Black Bile (Worthless...) 197
Black Bile (When heavy...) 199
Obsession 201
Desire for Oblivion 203
The Alchemist of Sorrows 205
Sympathetic Horror 207
The Self-Tormentor 209
The Point of No Return 211
The Clock 215
Landscape 219
The Sun 221
To a Red-headed Beggar 223
The Swan 227
The Seven Old Men 231
The Little Old Women 235
The Blind 241
A Passing Glance 243
Posthumous Work 245
Last Light 247
Games of Chance 249
Dancing Death 251
The Love of Artifice 255
'I haven't forgotten...' 257
'You were so jealous...' 259
Mist and Rain 261
Parisian Dream 263
First Light 267
The Spirit of the Wine 271
Ragpickers' Wine 273
Murderer's Wine 275
The Wine of the Solitary Man 279
Lovers' Wine 281
Ruin 285
A Martyr 287
Lesbos 291
Damned Women (D & H) 295
Damned Women 301
Sisters of Mercy 303
Fountain of Blood 305
Allegory 307
My Beatrice 309
Metamorphoses of the Vampire 311
A Voyage to Cythera 313
Cupid and Skull 317
Saint Peter's Denial 321
Abel and Cain 323
Litanies to Satan 327
The Death of Lovers 335
The Death of the Poor 337
The Death of Artists 339
The End of the Day 341
A Curious Man's Dream 343
Epigraph... 355
Merciless Madrigal 357
The Pagan's Prayer 361
The Rebel 363
The Serpent's Tooth 365
Meditation 367
The Lid 369
The Affronted Moon 371
The Abyss 373
The Laments of an Icarus 375
The Examination of Conscience 377
A World Away 379
Last Rays... 381
The Girandole 385
Berthe's Eyes 389
Hymn 391
The Promise in a Pair of Eyes 393
Rara avis 395
On a Portrait of Daumier 403
'Lola de Valence' 405
'Tasso in Prison' 407
To Theodore de Banville 411
The Voice 413
Out of the Blue 415
The Ransom 419
To a Girl in Malabar 421
The Debut... 425
Concerning a Jackass 427
A Lively Watering Hole 431
Sources 432
Afterthoughts 433
Index of Titles 443
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