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Complete Poems: Charles Baudelaire Paperback – April 1, 2007
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Les Mals: The translation here is very very loose in most of the poems, with the maintenance of rhymes and the "spirit" of the work trumping anything like exact word-for-word translations.
Oh if only the Oxford University Press could get its act together and fix the formatting of its Kindle version of Les Fleurs (the Kindle version is an unreadable mess as I write here ... early in 2014), Kindle readers wouldn't have to choose an English translation only for its formatting on Kindle.
Martin's translation could be improved by following Baudelaire's order of ideas and literal diction more closely, but he captures the spirit of each poem in a way that makes this volume stand out from most of the previous efforts I've seen.
If you're looking for a Baudelaire translation by a single author, this is a good one to buy.