The flowers of Evil and Paris Spleen: poems

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BOA Editions, Dec 1, 1991 - Poetry - 489 pages
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Review: The Flowers of Evil & Paris Spleen

User Review  - Metagion - Goodreads

I have to say I'm not really a 'conneseur' of poetry; Shakespeare isn't bad, Sara Teasdale is wonderful; but this is not in an easy-to-follow format for me. Beaudelaire is a poet in the 'free form ... Read full review

Review: The Flowers of Evil & Paris Spleen

User Review  - Diann Blakely - Goodreads

Speaking of Richard Howard's translation of *Les Fleurs dul Mal*, my great teacher Derek Walcott roared "Reeeechaaahhd did not use rhyyyme, friends." (He had just plunged my own copy into the kitchen ... Read full review

Contents

Anna Balakian
13
LES FLEURS DU
14
THE FLOWERS OF EVIL
15
Au Lecteur
16
To the Reader
17
SPLEEN ET IDÉAL
20
SPLEEN AND THE IDEAL
21
1 Bénédiction
22
112 La Fontaine de sang
222
112 Fountain of Blood
223
114 La Béatrice
224
114 Beatrice
225
115 Un voyage à Cythère
226
115 A Voyage to Cythera
227
116 LAmour et le crâne
230
116 Cupid and the Skull
231

1 Benediction
23
2 LAlbatros
26
2 The Albatross
27
3 Élévation
28
3 Elevation
29
5 Jaime le souvenir de ces époques nues
30
5 reve 01 Me nudity ofdays of old
31
6 Les Phares
32
6 Beacons
33
7 La Muse malade
36
7 The Ailing Muse
37
9 Le Mauvais Moine
38
9 The Felonious Monk
39
11 Le Guignon
40
11 Bad Luck
41
13 Bohémiens en voyage
42
13 Gypsies on the Road
43
15 Don Juan aux enfers
44
15 Don Juan in Hades
45
16 Châtiment de lorgueil
46
16 Punishment of Pride
47
18 LIdéal
48
18 The Ideal
49
19 La Géante
50
19 The Giantess
51
21 Hymne à la Beauté
52
21 Hymn to Beauty
53
22 Parfum exotique
54
22 Exotic Perfume 5 5
55
23 La Chevelure
56
23 The Chevelure
57
24 Je tadore à légal de la voûte nocturne
58
worship you as I do worship nighttimes pall
59
26 Sed Non Satiata
60
26 Sed Non Satiata
61
27 Avec ses vêtements ondoyants et nacrés
62
27 The swaying of her skirts ofpearl
63
29 Une charogne
64
29 A Carcass
65
30 De profundis clamavi
68
30 De Profundis Clamavi
69
31 Le Vampire
70
31 The Vampire
71
33 Remords posthume
72
33 Posthumous Remorse
73
34 Le Chat
74
34 The Cat
75
36 Le Balcon
76
36 The Balcony
77
37 Le Possédé
78
37 The Possessed
79
Le Parfum
80
The Perfume
81
Le Portrait
82
The Portrait
83
40 Semper eadem
84
40 Semper Eadem
85
42 Que dirastu ce soir pauvre âme solitaire
86
42 What will you say tonight poor solitary soul
87
43 Le Flambeau vivant
88
43 The Living Torch
89
45 Confession
90
45 Confession
91
46 LAube spirituelle
94
46 Spiritual Dawn
95
48 Le Flacon
96
48 The Flask
97
49 Le Poison
98
49 The Poison
99
51 Le Chat
100
51 The Cat
101
52 Le Beau Navire
102
52 The Beautiful Boat
103
53 LInvitation au voyage
106
53 LInvitation au Voyage
107
54 LIrréparable
108
54 Beyond Repair
109
55 Causerie
112
55 Discourse
113
57 A une madonne
114
57 To a Madonna
115
58 Chanson daprèsmidi
116
58 Afternoon Song
117
59 Sisina
120
59 Sisina
121
61 Moesta et Errabunda
122
61 Moesta et Errabunda
123
62 Le Revenant
124
62 The Ghost
125
64 Tristesses de la lune
126
64 Sorrows of the Moon
127
66 Les Hiboux
128
66 Owls
129
67 La Pipe
130
67 The Pipe
131
69 Sépulture
132
69 Burial
133
71 Le Mort joyeux
134
71 The Grateful Dead
135
73 La Cloche fêlée
136
73 The Cracked Bell
137
75 Spleen Jai plus de souvenirs que si javais mille ans
138
75 Spleen J couldnt hold more memories
139
77 Spleen Quand le ciel bas et lourd pèse comme un couvercle
140
77 Spleen When low and sullen skies
141
78 Obsession
142
78 Obsession
143
80 Alchimie de la douleur
144
80 Alchemy of Grief
145
82 LHéautontimorouménos
146
82 Heauton Timoroumenos
147
83 LIrrémédiable
148
83 The Irremediable
149
84 LHorloge
150
84The Clock
151
TABLEAUX PARISIENS
154
PARISIAN SCENES
155
85 Paysage
156
85 Landscape
157
87 À une mendiante rousse
158
87 To a Redheaded Beggar Girl
159
88 Le Cygne
162
88 The Swan
163
89 Les Sept Vieillards
166
89 Seven Old Men
167
90 Les Petites Vieilles
168
90 Little Old Women
169
91 Les Aveugles
174
91 The Blind
175
92 À une passante
176
92 To a Woman Passing By
177
94 Le crépuscule du soir
178
94 Evening Twilight
179
95 Le Jeu
182
95 Gambling
183
96 Danse macabre
184
96 Danse macabre
185
97 LAmour du mensonge
188
97 Love of Illusion
189
98 Je nai pas oublié voisine de la ville
190
have not forgot our place not far from town 99 My old greathearted nurse who stirred your jealousy
191
100 Brume et pluies
192
100 Mist and Rain
193
102 Le Crépuscule du matin
196
102 Morning Twilight
197
LE VIN
200
WINE
201
103 Lâme du vin
202
103 The Soul of Wine
203
105 Le Vin de lassassin
206
105 The Assassins Wine
207
106 Le Vin du solitaire
208
106 Loners Wine
209
107 Le Vin des amants
210
107 Lovers Wine
211
FLEURS DU MAL
212
FLOWERS OF EVIL
213
108 La Destruction
214
108 Destruction
215
110 Femmes damnées Comme un bétail pensif
218
110 Cursed Women Like ruminating cows
219
111 Les Deux Bonnes Soeurs
220
111 Two Good Sisters
221
RÉVOLTE
232
REVOLT
233
117 Le Reniement de saint Pierre
234
117 Saint Peters Denial
235
118 Abel et Caïn
236
118 Abel and Cain
237
119 Les Litanies de Satan
238
119 Litanies of Satan
239
LA MORT
244
DEATH
245
120 La Mort des amants
246
120 The Death of Lovers
247
122 La Mort des artistes
248
122 The Death of Artists
249
124 Le Rêve dun curieux
250
124 The Dream of a Curious Character
251
LES ÉPAVES
262
WRECKAGE
263
126 Le Coucher du soleil romantique
264
126 Setting of the Romantic Sun
265
128Femmes damnées Delphine et Hppolyte
268
128 Cursed Women Delphine andHppolytd
269
129Le Léthé
276
129 Lethe
277
130À celle qui est trop gaie
278
130 For Her Who is Too Gay
279
131Les Bijoux
280
131 The Jewels
281
132Les Métamorphoses du vampire
282
132 Metamorphoses of a Vampire
283
133 Le Jet deau
284
133 The Fountain
285
134 Les Yeux de Berthe
286
134 Berthas Eyes
287
135 Hymne
288
135 Hymn
289
137 Le Monstre
290
137 The Monster
291
138 Vers pour le Portrait de M Honoré Daumier
294
138 Verses for the Portrait of Honore Daumier
295
139 Lola de Valence
296
139 Lola de Valence
297
141 La Voix
298
141 The Voice
299
142 LImprévu
300
142 The Unforeseen
301
143 La Rançon
302
143 The Ransom
303
144 A une Malabaraise
304
144 To a Girl of Malabar
305
145 Sur les débuts dAmina Boschetti
306
145 On the Debut of Amina Boschetti
307
147 Un cabaret folâtre
310
147 A Cheerful Roadhouse
311
ADDITIONAL POEMS IN THE THIRD EDITION
313
148 Epigraphe pour un livre condamné 149 La Prière dun paien
314
148 Epigraph for a Condemned Book
315
150 LExamen de minuit
316
150 SoulSearching at Midnight
317
151 Madrigal triste
318
151 Sad Madrigal
319
152 LAvertisseur
320
152 Warning
321
153 Les Plaintes dun Icare
322
153 The Sorrows of an Icarus
323
155 Bien loin dici
324
155 Far Far from Here
325
157 Recueillement
326
157 Meditation
327
159 La Lune offensée
328
159 The Offended Moon
329
160 À Théodore de Banville
330
160 To Theodore de Banville
331
LE SPLEEN DE PARIS
332
PARIS SPLEEN
333
PETITS POÈMES EN PROSE
334
1 The Stranger
335
4 Un plaisant
336
4 A Wit
337
5 La Chambre double
338
5 The Double Room
339
6 Chacun sa chimère
340
6 Each His Own Chimera
341
7 Le Fou et la Vénus
342
7 The Fool and the Venus
343
8 Le Chien et le flacon
344
8 The Dog and The Perfume Bottle
345
10 A une heure du matin
348
10 One in the Morning
349
11 La Femme sauvage et la petitemaîtresse
350
11 The Wild Woman and the Little Darling
351
12 Les Foules
354
12 Crowds
355
13 Les Veuves
356
13 Widows
357
14 Le Vieux Saltimbanque
360
14 The Old Entertainer
361
15 Le Gâteau
362
15 Cake
363
16 LHorloge
366
16 The Clock
367
17 Un hémisphère dans une chevelure
368
17 A Hemisphere in Your Hair
369
18 LInvitation au voyage
370
18 Limitation au Voyage
371
19 Le Joujou du pauvre
372
19 The Poor Kids Toy
373
20 Les Dons des fées
374
20 The Gifts of the Fairies
375
21 Les Tentations ou Eros Plutus et la gloire
378
21 Temptations or Eros Pluto and Fame
379
22 Le Crépuscule du soir
384
22 Evening Twilight
385
23 La Solitude
386
23 Solitude
387
24 Les Projets
388
24 Projects
389
25 La Belle Dorothée
390
25 Beautiful Dorothea
391
26 Les Yeux des pauvres
392
26 The Eyes of the Poor
393
27 Une Mort héroïque
396
27 An Heroic Death
397
28 La Fausse Monnaie
402
28 The Counterfeit Coin
403
29 Le Joueur généreux
404
29 The Generous Gambler
405
30 La Corde
408
30 The Rope
409
31 Les Vocations
414
31 Vocations
415
32 Le Thyrse 420
422
32 The Thyrsus 421
423
35 Les Fenêtres
424
35 Windows
425
36 Le Désir de peindre
426
36 The Desire to Paint
427
37 Les Bienfaits de la lune
428
37 The Moons Beneficence
429
38 Laquelle est la vraie?
430
38 Which Is the Real One?
431
40 Le Miroir
432
40 The Mirror
433
42 Portraits de maîtresses
434
42 Portraits of Mistresses 43 5
435
43 Le Galant Tireur
440
43 The Gallant Marksman
441
45 Le Tir et le cimetière
442
45 The Rifle Range and the Cemetery
443
46 Perte dauréole
444
46 Lost Halo
445
48 Any Where Out of the World Nimporte où hors du monde
450
48 Any Where Out of the World
451
49 Assommons les pauvres
452
49 Lets Bash the Beggars
453
50 Les Bons Chiens
456
50 Faithful Dogs
457
The Flowers of Evil
463
Paris Spleen
483
Acknowledgments
490
About the Translator
492
Copyright

About the author (1991)

Charles Baudelaire, 1821 - 1867 Charles Baudelaire had perhaps had an immeasurable impact on modern poetry. He was born on April 9, 1821, to Joseph-Francois Baudelaire and Caroline Archimbaut Dufays in Paris. He was educated first at a military boarding school and then the College Louis-le-Grand, where he was later expelled in 1839. Baudelaire then began to study law, at the Ecole de Droit in Paris, but devoted most of his time to debauchery. After an abortive trip to the East, he settled in Paris and lived on an inheritance from his much despised step father, while he wrote poetry. During this period he met Jeanne Duval, a mulatto with whom he fell in love with and who became the "Black Venus," the muse behind some of his most powerful erotic verse. Baudelaire strove to portray sensual experiences and moods through complex imagery and classical form, avoiding sentimentality and objective description. Thus he profoundly influenced the later French symbolist writers, including Mallarme and Rimbaud, and such English-language poets as Yeats, Eliot, and Stevens. With much of his inheritance squandered, Baudelaire turned to journalism, especially art and literary criticism, the first of which were "Les Salons". Here he discovered the work of Edgar Allan Poe, which became an influence on his own poetry. While continuing to write unpublished verse, Baudelaire became famous as critic and translator of Poe. This reputation enabled Baudelaire to publish his most famous collection of poetry, "Les Fleurs du Mal" (The Flowers of Evil) in 1857. The result was an obscenity trial and the banning of six of the poems. Though he continued to write journalism with some success, he became increasingly depressed and pessimistic. Baudelaire attempted suicide in 1845, an attempt to get attention, and became minorly involved in the French Revolution. Today Baudelaire's work is considered the "last brilliant summation of romanticism, precursor of symbolism and the first expression of modern techniques". It was his originality that set him apart and ultimately proved to be his end. Baudelaire died, apparently from complications of syphilis, on August 31, 1867, in Paris.

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