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Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire
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Aug 06, 12


Baudelaire's masterwork is the perfect example of successful modern poetry, and it probably did more, for better or worse, to define the American view of the French temperament than any other work. Baudelaire's gorgeously grimy imagery perfectly communicates the mindset of a disaffected schoolboy in a big, corrupt city in a way that no one else would be capable of until after WWI. As Baudelaire pushes his way deeper into the dregs of society, finding beauty not among, but IN the filth of moral degradation, the reader truly learns to relish the bittersweet apathy of gutter life. Read it, then read Naked Lunch.
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