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Paris Spleen : little poems in prose

By: Baudelaire, Charles Waldrop, Keith

081957984X / 9780819579843
Paperback / softback
Published 01/05/2020
United States
140 x 216 mm 124 pages
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Between 1855 and his death in 1867, Charles Baudelaire inaugurated a new - and in his own words "dangerous" - hybrid form in a series of prose poems known as Paris Spleen.

Important and provocative, these fifty poems take the reader on a tour of 1850s Paris, through gleaming cafes and filthy side streets, revealing a metropolis on the eve of great change.

In its deliberate fragmentation and merging of the lyrical with the sardonic, Le Spleen de Paris may be regarded as one of the earliest and most successful examples of a specifically urban writing, the textual equivalent of the city scenes of the Impressionists.

In this compelling new translation, Keith Waldrop delivers the companion to his innovative translation of The Flowers of Evil.

Here, Waldrop's perfectly modulated mix releases the music, intensity, and dissonance in Baudelaire's prose.

The result is a powerful new re-imagining that is closer to Baudelaire's own poetry than any previous English translation.


2ADF French, DCF Poetry by individual poets, DSC Literary studies: poetry & poets

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