Author : Charles Baudelaire
Publisher : Wesleyan University Press
ISBN 13 : 0819569984
Total Pages : 116 pages
Book Rating : 4.8/5 (195 download)
Book Synopsis Paris Spleen by : Charles Baudelaire
Download or read book Paris Spleen written by Charles Baudelaire and published by Wesleyan University Press. This book was released on 2012-01-01 with total page 116 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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.