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The Poems and Prose Poems of Charles Baudelaire

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Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 29,145 / 92 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.6
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 5,076
Added to site: 2011.06.01 30105

A collection of Baudelaire poems including Flowers of Evil and Little Poems in Prose.Starts with an Introductory Preface by James Huneker

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u," exclaims Pierre Lasserre. But there is more of Byron and Petrus Borel--a forgotten half-mad poet--in Baudelaire; though, for a brief period, in 1848, he became a Rousseau reactionary, sported the workingman's blouse, cut his hair, shouldered a musket, went to the barricades, wrote inflammatory editorials calling the proletarian "Brother!" (oh, Baudelaire!) and, as the Goncourts recorded in their diary, had the head of a maniac. How seriously we may take this swing of the pendulum is to be noted in a speech of the poet's at the time of the Revolution: "Come," he said, "let us go shoot General Aupick!" It was his stepfather that he thought of, not the eternal principles of Liberty. This may be a false anecdote; many such were foisted upon Baudelaire. For example, his exclamations at cafes or in public places, such as: "Have you ever eaten a baby? I find it pleasing to the palate!" or, "The night I killed my father!" Naturally, people stared and Baudelaire was happy--he had startled a bourgeois. The cannibal

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