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The Poems and Prose Poems of Charles Baudelaire

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Edward III
Jan 03, 2015 Edward III rated it liked it
As a poetry neophyte, I greatly enjoyed Baudelaire's poetry in this collection.

I'm sure that poetry is among the hardest of all things to translate. If you keep the rhyme structure you can easily lose the nuance, but if you keep the nuance and translate more literally, it ceases to feel like poetry and feels more like prose.

The translator seems to strike a good balance, because Baudelaire's poetry comes through as aesthetically pleasing and at times highly philosophical. My understanding is that
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Eve Kay
I love Baudelaire like a crazy cat lady who's got a bunch of cats named after him and who "look just like him". I call after them "Charles, where have you peed again?! Not on the nice rug, again?!" I want to calm down and have a quiet nice time with them but here comes this scribble of tedious works along and I have to roll my eyes so hard it hurts. Even the introduction at the beginning was so boring I had to skip it. And the edition I have has all the different pieces of poems starting straigh ...more
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Dec 26, 2011 Paul rated it liked it
I wanted to read a bit of Baudelaire’s work because of the references in Huysmans’ À rebours comparing him to Poe.

I was disappointed. I’m sure much was literally “lost in translation” but I found very few similarities in their works. While Baudelaire explores some morose themes, like his love of a skeleton in his poem “The Dance of Death,” his writing lacks the same soporific or hypnotic effect of Poe. The translation I read offered terribly broken pentameter and poor typesetting which didn’t he
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Charles Pierre Baudelaire was a 19th century French poet, translator, and literary and art critic whose reputation rests primarily on Les Fleurs du mal; (1857; The Flowers of Evil) which was perhaps the most important and influential poetry collection published in Europe in the 19th century. Similarly, his Petits poèmes en prose (1868; "Little Prose Poems") was the most successful and innovative e ...more
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