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Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
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Aug 09, 07

bookshelves: poetry

The actual quality of the poetry is really good, but the translations are often questionable. Sometimes the rhyme scheme gets changed, phrases are put in different orders, even punctuation varies from the original. It's nice to have the French there to look at, though my pronunciation is probably lacking, but overall I think I only like literal translations that don't try to keep the meter and rhyme becuz that's a lot truer to the diction and imagery.
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