ISBN 9780140446241,Selected Poems

Selected Poems



Penguin Books India

Publication Year 1999

ISBN 9780140446241

ISBN-10 0140446249


Number of Pages 272 Pages
Language (English)

20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

The poems of Charles Baudelaire, collected as Les Fleurs du Mal, are filled with unsettling imagery, depicting with intensity subjects dismissed as unpoetic by French literary conventions of the time. 'Tableaux parisiens' describes the poor, the criminal and the forgotten of the modern city - thieves, poets, drunkards, flaunting prostitutes and faded old ladies - yet manages to find beauty in the anonymous settings of their lives. The love poems of 'Spleen et Ideal' combine flights of lyricism and languorous eroticism with sudden, strikingly prosaic detail. Baudelaire's prose poems, to which he gave the title Le Spleen de Paris, contain everything from topical, aggressively political humor to evocations of the rapture inspired by opium.

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