The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
(Wesleyan Poetry Series)

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This is, I think, the best way yet for us to enter the poet’s dream-like world, producing, as his title says, beauty from the sordid world around him.
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The Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs du mal) is a volume of French poetry by Charles Baudelaire. First published in 1857, it was important in the symbolist and modernist movements. The poems deal with themes relating to decadence and eroticism.
 
The initial publication of the book was arranged in six thematically segregated sections:
 
Spleen et Idéal (Spleen and Ideal)
Tableaux parisiens (Parisian Scenes)
Le Vin (Wine)
Fleurs du mal (Flowers of Evil)
Révolte (Revolt)
La Mort (Death)
Baudelaire dedicated the book to the poet Théophile Gautier, describing him as a parfait magicien des lettres françaises ("a perfect magician of French letters").
 

About Charles Baudelaire

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Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) is most famous for his groundbreaking collection of verse The Flowers of Evil, but his essays, translations, and prose poems have been equally influential.
 
Published August 23, 2014 by HardPress Publishing. 70 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences, History, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on May 11 2016

This is, I think, the best way yet for us to enter the poet’s dream-like world, producing, as his title says, beauty from the sordid world around him.

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