The Flowers of Evil [NOOK Book]

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In the annals of literature, few volumes of poetry have achieved the influence and notoriety of 'The Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs dur Mal) by Charles Baudelaire (1821-67). Banned and slighted in his lifetime, the book that contains all of Baudelaire's verses has opened up vistas to the imagination and quickened sensibilities of poets everywhere.
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Overview

In the annals of literature, few volumes of poetry have achieved the influence and notoriety of 'The Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs dur Mal) by Charles Baudelaire (1821-67). Banned and slighted in his lifetime, the book that contains all of Baudelaire's verses has opened up vistas to the imagination and quickened sensibilities of poets everywhere.
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"Thus the delight and curiosity of Keith Waldrop's new translation. It's close to plain prose: ‘versets,’ he calls them, paragraphs divided where Baudelaire's stanza's break. It's by no means the first prose translation, but it's the most charming: I don't recall another version, verse or prose, that slips so easily into the comradely 'we.'"—New York Times Book Review

The task of the translator...is to reconcile the strengths of the poet with his new surroundings, setting him in flight with wings that do not impede his walk. In part from the landing on versets, but more particularly from his deftness in English and the depth of his understanding of Baudelaire, Keith Waldrop has created a Flowers of Evil that, one gesture, can come to terms with the new needs of poetry readers in English and the foreignness of the language of Les Fleurs du mal."—Rain Taxi

"Waldrop's translations soar...perhaps getting closer to Baudelaire's rich tone than any other English translation."—Chicago Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788074842979
  • Publisher: e-artnow ebooks
  • Publication date: 8/20/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 70
  • Sales rank: 716,639
  • File size: 354 KB

Meet the Author

CHARLES BAUDELAIRE (1821–1867) wrote some of the most innovative poetry of the nineteenth century, in books including Les Fleurs du Mal and Le spleen de Paris. KEITH WALDROP is author of numerous collections of poetry and is the translator of The Selected Poems of Edmond Jabès, as well as works by Claude Royet-Journoud, Anne-Marie Albiach, and Jean Grosjean.

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INTRODUCTION

The modern literary spirit was born out of the measured angles so carefully calculated by Laclos. He was the first element discovered by Baudelaire, who was a refined and reasonable explorer from a privileged background, but whose views on modern life contained a particular madness.
Laclos delighted in inspiring the corrupt bubbles that rose from the strange and rich literary mud of the Revolution. Like Diderot, Laclos was the intellectual son of Richardson and Rousseau, and his work was continued by Sade, Restif, Nerciat - some of the most notable philosophical storytellers of the late 18th century. Most of them, in fact, contained the seeds of the modern spirit, and they were poised to create a triumphant new era for arts and letters.
During this nauseating and often brilliant era of Revolution, Baudelaire mingled his spiritualistic poison with the writings of Edgar Allan Poe, a strange American, who had composed, in the poetic field, work which was as disturbing and as marvellous as the work of Laclos.
Baudelaire then is the son of Laclos and Poe. One can easily untangle the influence that each exerted on Baudelaire's prophetic mind and on his work, both so full of originality. As of this year, 1917, when his work enters the public domain, we can not only place him in the front rank of the great French poets, but also award him a place alongside the greatest of universal poets.
The evidence for the influence of the cynical writers of the Revolution on Les Fleurs du Mal can be seen everywhere in Baudelaire's correspondence and in his notes. When he decided to translate and adapt Poe's works, strangely, he found a higher lyricism and moral feeling than he had thought was present in the writings of the marvellous Baltimore drunkard and his prohibited readings.
In the novelists of the Revolution, he had discovered the importance of the question of sex.
From the Anglo-Saxons of the same era, such as de Quincey and Poe, Baudelaire had learned that there were artificial paradises. Their methodical exploration - supported by Reason, the revolutionary goddess - enabled him to reach the lyrical heights towards which the mad American predicants had directed Poe, their contemporary. But Reason blinded him, and he abandoned it as soon as he had reached the heights.
Baudelaire then is the son of Laclos and Edgar Allan Poe, but a son who is blind and insane...

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Table of Contents

Dedication 3
To the reader 5
Benediction 9
The albatross 12
Elevation 13
Correspondences 14
"I like to bring to mind ..." 15
Beacon lights 16
Sick muse 18
Mercenary muse 19
The bad monk 20
The enemy 21
Bad luck 22
The life before 23
Gypsy travelers 24
Man and sea 25
Don Juan in hell 26
Pride punished 27
Beauty 28
The ideal 29
Giantess 30
The mask 31
Hymn to beauty 33
Exotic perfume 34
Hair 35
"I adore you ..." 37
"You would take the whole universe ..." 38
Sed non satiata 39
"In her flowing pearly garments ..." 40
Dancing serpent 41
Carrion 42
De Profundis Clamavi 44
Vampire 45
"One night while I lay ..." 46
Posthumous remorse 47
The cat 48
Duel 49
The balcony 50
The possessed 51
A phantom 52
"I give you these verses ..." 54
Semper Eadem 55
Altogether 56
"What will you say this evening ..." 57
Living torch 58
Reversibility 59
Confession 60
Spiritual dawn 62
Evening's harmony 63
Flask 64
Poison 65
Sky in confusion 66
Cat 67
The fine-looking ship 69
Invitation to the voyage 71
The irreparable 72
Conversation 74
Autumn song 75
To a Madonna 77
Afternoon song 79
Sisina 80
Franciscae Meae Laudes 81
To a creole lady 83
Moesta et Errabunda 84
Revenant 85
Autumn sonnet 86
The sorrowing moon 87
Cats 88
Owls 89
The pipe 90
Music 91
Burial 92
A fantasy print 93
Dead man glad 94
The vessel of hate 95
The cracked bell 96
Spleen 97
Spleen 98
Spleen 99
Spleen 100
Obsession 101
The taste for nothing 102
Alchemy of pain 103
Sympathetic horror 104
Heautontimoroumenos 105
Beyond remedy 106
The clock 108
Landscape 111
The sun 112
To a redheaded beggar girl 113
The swan 115
The seven old men 117
The little old women 119
The blind 122
To a woman passing by 123
The skeleton laborer 124
Evening twilight 125
Gambling 126
Danse macabre 127
Love of a lie 129
"I have not forgotten ..." 130
"The big-hearted servant ..." 131
Fog, rain 132
Paris dream 133
Morning twilight 135
The soul of the wine 139
The ragpicker's wine 140
The assassin's wine 142
The wine of the solitary 144
The wine of lovers 145
Destruction 149
A martyr 150
Women damned 152
The two good sisters 153
The fountain of blood 154
Allegory 155
His Beatrice 156
A voyage to Cythera 157
Love and the skull 159
Saint Peter's denial 163
Abel and Cain 165
Litanies of satan 167
The death of lovers 173
Death of the poor 174
The death of artists 175
End of day 176
Dream of a curious character 177
The voyage 178
Lesbos 185
Women damned 188
Lethe 191
To her, too merry 192
The jewels 193
Metamorphoses of the vampire 194
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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    Fantastic!

    I've been studying French for a while and I really wanted to find a copy of The Flowers of Evil that had the original French text. I love that this copy has not only that, but it parallels it with English text to make comprehension that much easier. It also has plenty of notes that explain a lot of Charles Baudelaire's hidden meanings in his writing which I found extremely enlightening, as well as a biography on the man himself. It's a fantastic version, and I'm more than happy with my purchase and will definitely check out the Oxford World Classics series again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2002

    greenish verse, like summer sleepiness

    "Now is the time to get absolutely drunk! On wine, on virtue, on whatever you may please." -Baudelaire. read it and believe that God has a darkside that is beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2001

    Read,Read,Read!!!

    This was such an excellent book it blew me away!!! The way he put his thoughts into words was incredible. A must read book. I give it 10 on 10!!!

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