The Flowers of Evil

The Flowers of Evil

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by Charles Baudelaire, Keith Waldrop
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0819568007

ISBN-13: 9780819568007

Pub. Date: 02/28/2008

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819568007
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Series:
Wesleyan Poetry Series
Edition description:
Trans. from the French
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
862,814
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Translator’s Introduction
The Flowers of Evil
Dedication
To the Reader
Spleen and Ideal
Benediction
The Albatross
Elevation
Correspondences
“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
Beauty
The Ideal
Giantess
The Mask
Hymn to Beauty
Exotic Perfume
Hair
“I adore you . . .”
"You would take the whole universe . . .”
Sed Non Satiata
“In her flowing pearly garments . . .”
Dancing Serpent
Carrion
De Profundis Clamavi
Vampire
“One night while I lay . . .”
Posthumous Remorse
The Cat
Duel
The Balcony
The Possessed
A Phantom
“I give you these verses . . .”
Semper Eadem
Altogether
“What will you say this evening . . .”
Living Torch
Reversibility
Confession
Spiritual Dawn
Evening’s Harmony
Flask
Poison l Sky in Confusion
Cat
The Fine-looking Ship
Invitation to the Voyage
The Irreparable
Conversation
Autumn Song
To a Madonna
Afternoon Song
Sisina
Franciscæ Meæ Laudes
To a Creole Lady
Moesta et Errabunda
Revenant
Autumn Sonnet
The Sorrowing Moon
Cats
Owls
The Pipe
Music
Burial
A Fantasy Print
Dead Man Glad
The Vessel of Hate
The Cracked Bell
Spleen
Spleen
Spleen
Spleen
Obsession
The Taste for Nothing
Alchemy of Pain
Sympathetic Horror
Heautontimoroumenos
Beyond Remedy
The Clock
Parisian Scenes
Landscape
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
Gambling
Danse Macabre
Love of a Lie
“I have not forgotten . . .”
“The big-hearted servant . . .”
Fog, Rain
Paris Dream
Morning Twilight
Wine
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
Destruction
A Martyr
Women Damned
The Two Good Sisters
The Fountain of Blood
Allegory
His Beatrice
A Voyage to Cythera
Love and the Skull
Revolt
Saint Peter’s Denial
Abel and Cain
Litanies of Satan
Death
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
Lesbos
Women Damned
Lethe
To Her, Too Merry
The Jewels
Metamorphoses of the Vampire

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The Flowers of Evil 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SeraJane More than 1 year ago
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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