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I suspect that in the UK Baudelaire is more nodded to respectfully than actually read. It is as much a matter of his state of mind as anything else. He was very conscious of the way his mind was elsewhere, unsuited to quotidian existence. Translating Baudelaire is probably about as difficult as it gets. Not only do you have to keep as closely as is practical to the original verse forms — and Baudelaire was a master of these, toying with the classical structures of French verse, making it somehow both precise and fluid at the same time — you have to try to bring out his gift for nuance in the vocabulary.
The structure and flow of the English language make it hard, if not impossible, to capture the essence of his genius. Eliot may have venerated him as a poet, but he knew better than to try to emulate his style, turning instead to the more formally inclined and ironic Jules Laforgue. You also get a useful essay about his life, helpful notes and a few other poems.
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First published in see in poetry , it was important in the symbolist and modernist movements. The poems deal with themes relating to decadence and eroticism. The foreword to the volume, Au Lecteur "To the Reader" , identifying Satan with the pseudonymous alchemist Hermes Trismegistus and calling boredom the worst of miseries, sets the general tone of what is to follow:. If rape, poison, dagger and fire, Have still not embroidered their pleasant designs On the banal canvas of our pitiable destinies, It's because our soul, alas, is not bold enough!
C'est l'Ennui! It's Boredom! You know him, reader, this delicate monster, Hypocritical reader, my likeness, my brother! Baudelaire's section Tableaux Parisiens , added in the second edition , is considered one of the most formidable criticisms of 19th-century French modernity. This section contains 18 poems, most of which were written during Haussmann's renovation of Paris. The poems featured in this cycle of Paris all deal with the feelings of anonymity and estrangement from a newly modernized city.
Baudelaire is critical of the clean and geometrically laid out streets of Paris which alienate the unsung anti-heroes of Paris who serve as inspiration for the poet: the beggars, the blind, the industrial worker, the gambler, the prostitute, the old and the victim of imperialism. These characters whom Baudelaire once praised as the backbone of Paris are now eulogized in his nostalgic poems.
For Baudelaire, the city has been transformed into an anthill of identical bourgeois that reflect the new identical structures that litter a Paris he once called home but can now no longer recognize. As a consequence of this prosecution, Baudelaire was fined francs. Six poems from the work were suppressed and the ban on their publication was not lifted in France until On the other hand, upon reading " The Swan " or " Le Cygne " from Les Fleurs du mal , Victor Hugo announced that Baudelaire had created "un nouveau frisson" a new shudder, a new thrill in literature.
In the wake of the prosecution, a second edition was issued in which added 35 new poems, removed the six suppressed poems, and added a new section entitled Tableaux Parisiens.
Mimeux reads excerpts of Cyril Scott's translation with original music by Khan. It features electroacoustic composition with Baudelaire's poetry recited over it. The album was published by Limelight Records. Henri Dutilleux 's Tout un monde lointain Each of its five movements is prefaced by a quotation from the volume and the title itself comes from one of its poems, "XXIII.
La Chevelure". In Roger Zelazny 's book Roadmarks the protagonist Red Dorakeen travels with a sentient speaking computer disguised as a cybernetic extension of the book Les Fleurs du mal named "Flowers of Evil". It befriends another computer which has disguised itself as Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. She recites the third stanza from the poem "XLIX. Le Poison". He says it's ""Flowers of Evil" by Baudelaire" and when Monica asks if he enjoyed it he replies "I thought I would, but the translation's no good.
An episode of the television show The Batman was named "Fleurs du Mal" in homage to the poem. In addition to this, a florist's shop in the episode is named Baudelaire's, in honor of the author. It is the second track and first single from the album Love Metal. The opening verse contains the lyric "When angels cry blood on Flowers of Evil in bloom. The manga Aku no Hana is named after Les Fleurs du mal.
The main character, Takao Kasuga, is enamored with the book and the adult depravity that it represents. He steals the gym clothes of his crush, Nanako Saeki, after being inspired by the book. The manga was later adapted into an animated series. Symphonic metal band Therion released an album named Les Fleurs du Mal in In episode 13 of Saving Hope ' s first season , a copy of The Flowers of Evil is among the personal effects of a patient.
Later in the episode a doctor briefly discusses Baudelaire and a phrase from the book with that patient. Chicago -based artistic collective Theater Oobleck produced a series of cantastoria using Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal as text.
The music is written by a series of different artists, and the shows are presented across the United States , though primarily in Chicago. The collective is scheduled to present Episode 8 in its series on October 1, The intention is to convert the entirety of Les Fleurs du Mal to cantastoria in seven years.
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