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Baudelaire: Les Fleurs du mal (Landmarks of World Literature) Paperback – April 24, 1992


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  • Series: Landmarks of World Literature
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 24, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521369371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521369374
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,062,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...F.W. Leakey's concise volume serves as an excellent guide to Baudelaire's poetry and life. Leakey's lifelong study of Baudelaire's works is apparent on every page, an artful blend of essential information and critical insight. ... What distinguishes this volume overall is the ease with which Leakey ties Baudelaire's work to the broad tradition of French lyric verse, and simultaneously sets it apart, highlighting Baudelaire's originality and modernity." French Review

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A comprehensive guide to the understanding and appreciation of what was once considered the most infamous book of poems in French literature offers new insights into its composition, themes and style, historical context, etc.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Symbolism is one of those schools of poetry that seems to fallen out of favor. Baudelaire's own particular brand is harsh, revolutionary, and sensual. This is not frilly love poetry but the work of a great decadent of mid-nineteenth century France. While much is lost in translation, his poetry still rings quite powerfully and is as relevant today as it ever will be. This is one of the books that helped found later surrealist movements along with the work of Rimbaud and Marquis De Sade. A great beautiful book dealing with the great temptations and filth of existence, in essence that which brings on evil.
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By toronto on August 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
Leakey was for many years the doyen of English speaking critics of Baudelaire (his Collected Essays and book on Baudelaire and Nature are essential reading for scholars). This is not an introduction for readers just coming to Baudelaire. Rather, it is in some ways an abridged version of some of his other work, and the reader should have already had a reading of Les Fleurs du Mal under her or his belt. The first section is not where I would start, as it gives an exhaustive review of how the published text was put together in its various versions, which is important for a structural recognition of how different poems lead into and away from each other, but for the reader who is captivated by the power of individual poems (most people, let's face it), this editorial work isn't immediately enticing. The chapter on Baudelaire's craft is exemplary; but the prize of the book is a close reading of Le Cygne which is a classic (and adapted from his famous essay on the same topic).
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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jose Garcia on November 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
En Paris un poeta al salir de una orgia Angeles aleteando en la bestia veia Noble vision ustorio de este bardo maldito que canta, en tono grave, su fulgor infinito
Yo tambien se visiones en mi mente precita Un tropel de mirages sin descanso palpita Querubines-demonios,grande veldad...conmociones, Que harian estreecer los duros corazones Y en el mortal ignoto un angel canta No ha elevado un estigma,una vision que espanta? Alguna vez poeta, aunque el simple no creer
En el angel dormido una bestia loquea (patea)
Autor: Dr.Jesus Garcia Vazques
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