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Les Fleurs Du Mal (French Edition) (French) 0th Edition
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"Baudelaire revoiced...Howard's achievement is such that we can be confident that his Flowers of Evil will long stand as definitive, a superb guide to France's greatest poet." --The Nation
"Readers of English do not have to take Baudelaire on faith any longer. For the first time he is present among us, vivid and surprisingly intact, in these fine translations." --The New York Times Book Review
"A deft and patient new translation of Les Fleurs Du Mal...Howard, it seems to me, has done what he has set out to, has given us, in English and in verse, a Baudelaire both immediately recognizable and impressively varied...It is a considerable achievement." --The New York Review of Books
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If you love poetry, 19th century urban romanticism, or the power and imagery of the French language, read this volume. Baudelaire is one of the greatest of poets of all time.
I recommend the following site http://fleursdumal.org/ as many translations have been done of his beautiful poems, but some are, as you can imagine, better than others...
Les Fleurs du Mal was a disputed and very controversial book for the middle of nineteenth century France, because of the brutal and `obscene' language Baudelaire choose to write in, the themes which were considered taboos at that time (sexuality, homosexuality, vice, superficiality of women, hypocrisy and ignorance of society, religion seen through a dark perspective, etc.)
Baudelaire led the way for some important literary movements of late nineteenth century and early twentieth century such as decadence, symbolism and modernism. He made the poem more abstract through the help of suggestions, correspondence and synesthesia; thus his work inspired many important poets, such as Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Pull Valéry, etc.
Les Fleurs du Malis a must-read book because it brought a breath of fresh air to the romantic and Parnassian poetry, and it also opened the gate to modernism and postmodernism.
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