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Invitation to the Voyage: Selected Poems and Prose

Invitation to the Voyage: Selected Poems and Prose

Hardcover(1st Edition)

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“Baudelaire is indeed the greatest exemplar in modern poetry in any language,” said T. S. Eliot. We experience Baudelaire in myriad ways through his multifaceted writing. His sensuous poems—dreams of escape to an impossible, preferably tropical, elsewhere—draw us in with their descriptive and perceptual richness. There is also the bitter, compassionate, and desolate Baudelaire. Ultimately, Baudelaire’s true genius might reside in his expressive force and in the tension between his passions and intellect. The latter is most evident in his control of rhetoric and poetic form, and—given the poems’ density of language, thought, and feeling—his astonishing clarity.
This new English rendition of Baudelaire by award-winning translator Beverley Bie Brahic includes poems from his celebrated volumes: Les Fleurs du mal, Les Épaves, Le Spleen de Paris, and Paradis artificiels. It also includes several of his prose poems, as well as an excerpt from his famous essay on wine and hashish. The poems in verse have Baudelaire’s French originals on facing pages; the prose poems, unaccompanied by their originals, are printed near the poems in verse with which they resonate. Complete with the translator’s illuminating introduction and notes, this beautifully crafted volume is an important addition to Baudelaire’s work in English translation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857425386
Publisher: Seagull Books
Publication date: 11/15/2019
Series: French List Series
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Charles Baudelaire (1821-67) was one of the most influential nineteenth-century French poets. His works include Les Paradis artificiels, Les Fleurs du mal, Les Épaves, and posthumous collections Le Spleen de Paris and Petits poèmes en prose, among others. Beverley Bie Brahic is a Canadian poet and translator living in Paris and the San Francisco Bay Area. She has published two collections of poetry and several translations of French writers, including Guillaume Apollinaire, Francis Ponge, and Hélène Cixous.