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The Flowers of Evil, which T.S. Eliot called the greatest example of modern poetry in any language, shocked the literary world of nineteenth century France with its outspoken portrayal of lesbian love, its linking of sexuality and death, its unremitting irony, and its unflinching celebration of the seamy side of urban life. Including the French texts and comprehensive expl ...more
Paperback, Oxford University Press, 464 pages
Published 1998 by Oxford University Press (first published 1857)
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Peter Crofts There is, according to some, a hidden architecture to Les Fleurs, but I don't think you really need to know all that much beforehand to enjoy…moreThere is, according to some, a hidden architecture to Les Fleurs, but I don't think you really need to know all that much beforehand to enjoy Baudelaire. Howard's translation really brings out the weird combination of formal discipline and chaotic imagery. If you want to give this work a try this is definitely the translation to go with.(less)

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Jan 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Francophiles and poetry lovers
Recommended to Kelly by: My European history teacher
After reading Baudelaire, I suddenly find myself wanting to smoke cigarettes and say very cynical things while donning a trendy haircut. Plus, if I didn't read Baudelaire, how could I possibly carry on conversations with pretentious art students?

In all seriousness, though, I wish my French was better, so that I could read it in its intended language. I'm sure it looses something in the translation... but it's still great stuff nonetheless.

And with a title like "Flowers of Evil," how can you go
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, poetry
I read Les Fleurs du Mal many years back, but it is still within me. Just a few words about this beautiful, sometimes nightmarish, masterpiece. What do you expect to feel when reading Charles Baudelaire? Nothing, I expect, falsely innocent, but superior free-flowing dream sequences of surrealism. I loved to read of prophetic dreams with occasional moments of grace, where the fallen world seems to transform itself into an eternally beautiful moment. As always with poetry we have our preferences, ...more
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it

Here's a recent essay on Baudelaire from the trusty, always-interesting online mag The Millions:

So as to try to follow that, I've got to disclose a bit of an embarrassment. Baudelaire was, for me, the kind of poet only certain kinds of people liked. By this I don't mean Francophiles or the merely pretentious but there was something that set a devotee of C.B. apart from your average earnest, quavering, verbose, nervous poet or poetry fanboy.

It's hard to
MJ Nicholls
Superlative. Thrilling. Sensual. Naughty. Macabre. Joyous. Liberating. Essential. Poetry for the reluctant poetry reader, i.e. me. (A little distracted here listening to Belle & Sebastian’s Write About Love which I finally acquired. Hence the choppiness). Great translation. Don’t care about reading in the original or what is lost in translation. Each translation adds to or improves the previous and this one reads pretty swell to me. Where do I go from here? Verlaine? Rimbaud? Mallarmé? Pam A ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Les Fleurs du mal = The Flowers of Evil, Charles Baudelaire
عنوانها: قطعه هایی از گلهای رنج؛ گلهای رنج گزینه اشعار شارل بودلر؛ گلهای دوزخی؛ شاعر: شارل بودلر؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: اول اکتبر سال 2001 میلادی
عنوان: قطعه هایی از گلهای رنج؛ شاعر: شارل بودلر؛ برگردان: مرتصی شمس؛ تهران، گوتنبرگ، 1335، در 144 ص؛
عنوان: گلهای رنج گزینه اشعار شارل بودلر؛ شاعر: شارل بودلر؛ برگردان: محمدرضا پارسایار؛ تهران، انتشارات هرمس؛ 1380؛ در دوازده و 126 ص؛ دو زبانه؛ چاپ بعدی 1384؛ شابک: 9647100388؛ چاپ سوم 1391؛ چاپ چها
Olivier Delaye
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Les Fleurs du Mal or The Flowers of Evil or, let’s extrapolate here, The Beauty of Evil is a masterpiece of French literature which should have pride of place in any bookcase worth its name, right between Milton’s Paradise Lost and Dante’s Divine Comedy. For indeed the beauty of evil, what with its mephitic yet oh so alluring aroma, is exactly what this book is about—a collection of poems and elegies reflecting Baudelaire’s views on our poor human condition stemming mainly from our doomed lives ...more
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Luego de leer “Las Flores del Mal”, debo admitir que me cuesta mucho ejercer una crítica (la palabra me demasiado suena fuerte) o una reseña sobre este libro mítico, debido a mis pobres conocimientos sobre poesía. Es más, recuerdo que cuando tuve que analizar poesía durante mi intento de estudio de la carrera de Licenciatura en Letras (porque de eso se trató, realmente) la pasé muy mal.
Los que verdaderamente saben de poesía no van a descubrir nada nuevo acerca de la maestría de Baudelaire a la
Jul 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite poets of all time.

Baudelaire emphasized above all the disassociated character of modern experience: the sense that alienation is an inevitable part of our modern world. In his prose, this complexity is expressed via harshness and shifts of mood.

The constant emphasis on beauty and innocence, even alongside the seamier aspects of humanity, reinforce an existentialist ideal that rejects morality and embraces transgression. Objects, sensations, and experiences often clash, implici
Vit Babenco
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Genesis
Ever since the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge was eaten any lore became an attribute of evil. So to read books in order to wide one’s horizons is just to sign a pact with the devil.
“Pillowed on evil, Satan Trismegist
Ceaselessly cradles our enchanted mind,
The flawless metal of our will
Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion
This is a step towards possession.

Certainly the possession does not last the entire way through, but even in the less interesting or repetitive poems there are some jarring lines, amplified by a soul in Heat.

Like any elevated piece of literature, Flowers of Evil consumed me to such an extent that at times I forgot I was reading words on a page, its intensity moving my mind into some unknown zone where images, thoughts, and recollections screamed by, colliding with each other. So, too, did I fee
Teresa Proença
"As Flores do Mal não contêm poemas históricos nem lendas; nada que repouse sobre uma narrativa. Não vemos nelas tiradas filosóficas. A política não aparece, as descrições são raras e sempre significativas. Mas tudo nelas é encanto, música, sensualidade poderosa e abstrata... Luxo, forma e voluptuosidade."
— Paul Valéry

Só à quarta tentativa consegui ler As Flores do Mal. Parava sempre nos primeiros poemas por estranhar a tradução; não que perceba muito de francês mas incomodava-me a alteração - q
How to describe this volume of poetry? Avant-garde, modernistic, innovative, original? Yes, all of those, and to use a modern slang word, edgy. So edgy in fact, for mid 19th century France, that Napoleon III's government prosecuted him for "an insult to public decency". Six of the poems were banned until 1949. Don't worry; by today's standards they are not so alarming.
translated by Edna St. Vincent Millay & George Dillon

It's outrageous that this wonderful translation is out of print.
After looking at many versions (including Richard Howard, James McGowan, and Cyril Scott who was my second favourite) this was the only one with truly good poems which replicated the original structures and had the glittering night-magic of Baudelaire's sensual, sinister, romantic, gothic wonderland. Which would of course have something to do with one of the translators herse
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetshere
When my eyes, to this cat I love
Drawn as by a magnet's force,
Turn tamely back upon that appeal,
And when I look within myself,

I notice with astonishment
The fire of his opal eyes,
Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
Taking my measure, steadily.

My (initial) amateur assessment is that the translation is to blame for my absence of astonishment. There's no way this could be the same genius who gave us Paris Spleen. Maybe I am but confused. Maybe the threads which shriek decay and ennui were of
Μόνο την έκδοση βαθμολογώ και μόνο γι' αυτή μπορώ να μιλήσω γιατί, τι να πει κανείς για την ποίηση του Baudelaire; Διαμάντι λοιπόν η συγκεκριμένη, συνδυάζει ποίηση και ζωγραφική κάνοντας την ανάγνωση εντελώς διαφορετική απ’ ό,τι έχουμε συνηθίσει. Η μετάφραση του Σημηριώτη, δε, η οποία είναι σχεδόν τόσο κλασική όσο είναι και το πρωτότυπο, αν και δεν γνωρίζω Γαλλικά ώστε να την κρίνω πιο εμπεριστατωμένα αλλά ούτε και μέτρο σύγκρισης έχω, διατηρεί μέτρο και ρίμα και με άφησε απόλυτα ικανοποιημένο. ...more
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Receuillement/ Blues

Blues, be cool, keep quiet, you mutha,
Intruder, second-story man, you enter with dusk,
It descends. It's here, an atmosphere
Surrounds the town. Builds some up, knocks me down.
Meanwhile the rabble ruled by body
Pleasures, thankless beasts overburdened
Build toward a bundle of remorse
In drugged dances. Blues, take my hand,
Come from them, come here. Look behind me
At the defunct years, at the balconies
Of heaven; in tattered copes, rise out
Of the waters of Regret. The sun sleeps
Mai Kais
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أزهار الشر فهو من أعظم دوايين الشعر التي ظهرت على مر العصور . صدر هذا الديوان عام 1855م .يقول هنري لوميتير في مقدمته للديوان :

"إن التمزق الذي عانى منه بودلير بين الرغبات الحسية التي عذبته طوال حياته وبين الإيمان الروحى سمة عصره المسيحى الكاثوليكي لتفشي سر هذه الأفكار التي سيطرت على روحه والتي تضمنتها قصائده والواضحةفي كل لغة وصور ورموز شعره "

مقتطفات من أجمل قصائد الديوان :

- القارورة
ألف فكرة كانت ترقد ...شرانق حريرية
راعشة بهدوء في الظلمات الكثيفة
تحلق باجنحتها وتباشر أنطلاقها
مخضبة باللازورد ملا
Radoslav Gramatikov

С малинови уста жената сластно шава

и гърчи се — като змия върху жарава;

в коравия корсет напъхала гърди,

пак думи, дъхащи на мускус, тя цеди:

„Със сочни устни съм и зная как в леглото

да смазвам старите представи за доброто.

Аз сълзите суша на свойта стара гръд

и старци с детски смях край мене се въртят.

Щом гола зърнат ме, объркват те, горките,

луната, слънцето, небето и звездите.

Мъдрецо, моята наука е сластта,

щом впия в някой мъж и пръсти, и уста

или му дам в гръдта ми зъби да забива,

Beautifully debauched and morbid,
thank you for inspiring the symbolists and decadents.

Having read a few works by authors who were influenced by this, having seen works of art and illustrations either inspired or based on this, having random lines always swirling and being recited in my head, I thought it was time to revisit this...

Oh the joy I felt reading this again.

Favorite poems:
La Muse malade
La Muse vénale
La Beauté
Les Bijoux
Parfum exotique
Une Charogne
Le Vampire
À Celle qui e
ilknur a.k.a. iko ◬

Baudelaire pek çok şairi etkilemiş ama kendi zamanında kıymet görmemiş bi insan. Çocukluğundaki aile içi travmasıyla başlayan hazin hayatı artarak devam etmiş ve sonunda ahlaksız, günahkar, sefil, rezil ve olağanüstü şiirlerin efendisi olmuş (bunlar benim satırlarım olamaz). Narkotik da var mesela işin içinde.

Adamın adı bile şiir gibi, Baudelaire ((/ˌboʊdəlˈɛər/).
Nys, şöyle bir şey var; Baudelaire’i anlamak çaba gerektiriyor, öyle alıp, oturup okuyabileceğiniz biri değil, greçi sanatın kendisi ö
rose vibrations
May 02, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
My darling was naked, or nearly, for knowing my heart
she had left on her jewels, the bangles and chains
whose jingling music gave her the conquering air
of a Moorish slave on days her master is pleased

Whenever I hear such insolent harmonies,
that scintillating world of metal and stone
beguiles me altogether, and I am enthralled
by objects whose sound is a synonym for light

For there she lay on the couch, allowing herself
to be adored, a secret smile indulging
the deep and tenacious currents of my love
Lynn Beyrouthy
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
When it comes to the most beautiful literature in the world, I radically believe in the imperial prominence of Nineteenth century French literature.
Charles Baudelaire is one of the poets that tremendously alimented this conviction.

Originally entitled "Les Lesbiennes" and brazenly delineating sexuality and libidinous desires, the poems which Baudelaire composed in the decade of 1840-1850 were continuously censored until 1857, when his work was published with the title "Les Fleurs du Mal".

The be
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
براي كسي مثل من كه هميشه توي روشنايي گم ميشه و هر بار توي تاريكي هست كه خودشو پيدا مي كنه، شعر بودلر مي تونه فوق العاده مطبوع باشه. سخته كه الان احساسم رو نسبت به اين شعر ها بگم و تعداد شعر هايي كه تو اين كتاب دوست داشتم انقدر زيادند كه نميشه نام برد. در مورد ترجمه اينكه، مستقيم از فرانسه ترجمه شده و ترجمه ها شاملويي هستند. يعني مترجم به جاي روال عادي ترجمه شعر به فارسي كه فقط منظور شاعر رو منتقل مي كنه، سعي كرده به شعر ها شاعرانگي اضافه كنه و به نظر من در اين كار كاملا موفق عمل كرده.
حرف آخر اين
Mariam Okasha
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ليست تجربتي الأولى في قراءة الشعر المترجم ...فقد قرأت بعض شعر دانتي من قبل ..لكن بودلير مختلف
أعتقد أن قدرته على التشبيه قدرة عالية جدا و في كلٍ من قصائدهِ كنت أرى ابداعًا جديدًا لم أعهده من قبل .. في ديوان أزهار الشر أعجبني العديد من القصائد و أعتقد أنه بداية جيدة تؤهلني لأكون معجبة حقيقية بفن بودلير الراقي المميز
وأفكر بكل من فقد شيئاً لا يمكنه تعويضه
بالذين يشربون دموعهم ويمتصون آلامهم
كيتامى الذئبة الطيبة الناحلين كالأزهار
ما همني أن تكوني حكيمة وعاقلة
أريدك جميلة وحزينة
واعتقد أن ما تذرفه عيناك من لآلىء
يُضفي على قلبك الضياء
لا شيء يعادل في الطول الأيام المتعثرة
عندما يرزح تحت ركام ثقيل من ثلوج السنين
الضجر تلك الثمرة المُرة للامبالاة الكئيبة
وهل حقاً للشر أزهار يا بودليير ؟!!...
Aug 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terence by: New Book shelf at library
Shelves: poetry
Flowers of Evil was an entirely serendipitous impulse check-out from my local library. I can only imagine that what caught my eye was the title - Flowers of Evil - who could resist? So I pulled it from the shelf, opened it up at random, read a few verses, and said to myself "This isn't bad."

Not only was it "not bad" but it was extraordinarily good; good enough that Baudelaire has joined the list of authors I'll pay money for.

It's random events like finding authors whose work "speaks to me" in so
I read a majority of the poems in French, which made the experience more beautiful. Each word is like a unique brushstroke of color on a grand canvas, applied with varying degrees of pressure, and each deeply and sensually hued. Baudelaire’s poetry paints gorgeous images of emotion, desire, and wanting that remain with you. Reading Les fleurs was a deeply personal and stirring experience for me. I have many favorites and could provide analyses on a dozen poems or more, but for the sake of length ...more
Kamrani Adnan
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مست شوید تا بردهی شهید زمان نباشید
مست شوید،
هماره مست شوید
از شراب، شعر، تقوا
از هرآنچه بخواهید...

باز دیداری نخست با فرهیختهایی از فرانسه اما اینبار شارل بودلر...
برخلاف سلین خوش مشرب که دیشب (سه روزمانده به بهمن۹۵) با مرگ قسطی فعلا ازش خداحافظی کردم، امشب با شاعری دیدار کردم که موقع خداحافظی، واژهی "درد" از دهانش خارج شد...!

بودلر، یا همان شاعرِ رنجها
با اینکه زادروزش نزدیک به ۲۰۰سال میرسه، اما انگار خیلی زنده و شفاف داره کلمات و واژهها رو به تعظیم خودش درمیاره
و البته دست سردش رو در شعر آخر این مجمو
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
No soy muy amante de la poesía en general. No obstante, debo reconocer que Baudelaire es la excepción que confirma la regla, sus obras siempre me dejan atónita. Estos poemas exploran una serie de temas, centrándose a menudo en las experiencias personales y los sentimientos del autor. En ellos quedan retratados la depravación, el amor, la liberación por el arte, la desesperación y la muerte.

Simona Bartolotta
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 1800, in-italian
'Epigrafe per un libro condannato'
Non scrissi, o lettore innocente,
pacifico e buon cittadino,
per te questo mio saturnino
volume, carnale e dolente.

Se ancora non hai del sapiente
Don Satana appreso il latino,
non farti del mio sibillino
delirio turbare la mente!

Ma leggimi e sappimi amare,
se osi nel gorgo profondo
discendere senza tremare.

O triste fratello errabondo
che cerchi il tuo cielo diletto,
compiangimi, o sii maledetto!

In realtà, tutta l'essenza de I fiori del male è perfettamente condensata in
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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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