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The Flowers of Evil
     

The Flowers of Evil

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by Charles Baudelaire
 

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When by the changeless Power of a Supreme Decree
The poet issues forth upon this sorry sphere,
His mother, horrified, and full of blasphemy,
Uplifts her voice to God, who takes compassion on her.
"Ah, why did I not bear a serpent's nest entire,
Instead of bringing forth this hideous Child of Doom!
Oh cursed be that transient

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When by the changeless Power of a Supreme Decree
The poet issues forth upon this sorry sphere,
His mother, horrified, and full of blasphemy,
Uplifts her voice to God, who takes compassion on her.
"Ah, why did I not bear a serpent's nest entire,
Instead of bringing forth this hideous Child of Doom!
Oh cursed be that transient night of vain desire
When I conceived my expiation in my womb!"
"Yet since among all women thou hast chosen me
To be the degradation of my jaded mate,
And since I cannot like a love-leaf wantonly
Consign this stunted monster to the glowing grate,"
"I'll cause thine overwhelming hatred to rebound
Upon the cursed tool of thy most wicked spite.
Forsooth, the branches of this wretched tree I'll wound
And rob its pestilential blossoms of their might!"

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012054531
Publisher:
New Century Books
Publication date:
12/15/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
22 KB

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The Flowers of Evil 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Marcabru More than 1 year ago
Good English renderings that sing. I have an older Heritage Press collection with some of the same translations (Millay, Squire), but this collection boasts more recent poets like Fitzgerald, Kunitz, Wilbur, and Huxley. I still like the older collection: it's a little more archaic and therefore more Gothic, but these fresher translations do leap and soar and claw their ways out of the pages, too. This is the only edition I've found that includes Baudelaire's prefaces. They alone make this book a must-have. As with all ND books, this one is of archival paper, as God (or Satan Trismegistus) intended. It's too bad there are no end notes. Otherwise, this might be a perfect scholarly (and portable) edition of the Flowers.
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