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Voyage to Modernity : The Poetry of Charles Baudelaire

By Kline, A. S.

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Title: Voyage to Modernity : The Poetry of Charles Baudelaire  
Author: Kline, A. S.
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Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Literature, Poetry
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Kline, A. (n.d.). Voyage to Modernity : The Poetry of Charles Baudelaire. Retrieved from http://community.worldlibrary.org/


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Introduction: The Invitation To The Voyage, Romanticism begins and ends in the Idyll: from cradle to cradle, from dream to exhausted calm. Romanticism: dissatisfied with its own perpetually thwarted emotions, wearied with the imperfect and frustrating reality. Romanticism: searching for what cannot be found on Earth or in the sky. So, the Romantic Mind attempts to construct its own versions of paradise: artificial and delicate of construction, fragile and doomed by time and death, by emotional erosion and internal frailties. So Mind returns, through nostalgia and the evocation of memory, through dream and drug-induced trance, through contemplation and reverie, to its first enchantments: and embraces, with sensitivity and anxiety, the last music of its hard-won artistic creation. Baudelaire, above all, knew and loved Romanticism?s dream, its longing for the infinite, Baudelaire who gave his life as he claimed to the creation of gold from mud, Baudelaire who struck glittering nails into Romanticism?s coffin, even as he mused on its glorious but short-lived existence, a poet who pursued in vain the departing god. Baudelaire learnt from Dante. The Earthly Paradise, since there is no heavenly one for the adult mind, is entered into, if anywhere, from the summit of the Mount of Purgatory, after the long hard climb. There if anywhere is the gateway to a higher state of being. There the Romantics, there all of us, must go in search: and if the...

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Contents I: Introduction: The Invitation To The Voyage.................7 II: The Idyll (The Vision of Paradise) .............................23 III: Voyage to Cythera (The Vision of Venus)................30 IV: The City (The Vision of Hell)...................................41 V: Voyage to Modernity (The Vision of Limitation) ......53 VI: The Poet As Hero (The Vision of Icarus) .................65 VII: Twilight (The Vision of Calm) ................................72 VIII: Translations............................................................80 ‘N’est ce pas qu’il est doux’............................................81 ‘Il aimait … la voir’ ..........................................................82 Incompatibility................................................................83 To A Creole Lady ...........................................................85 To A Woman of Malabar ................................................86 The Albatross..................................................................88 Bertha’s Eyes ..................................................................89 ‘Je n’ai pas oubli‚, voisine de la ville,’ ...........................90 ‘La servante au grand coeur dont vous ‚tiez jalouse,’.....91 Landscape .......................................................................92 The Sun...........................................................................94 Sorrows of the Moon.......................................................95 Don Juan in Hell .............................................................96 On Tasso in Prison (EugŠne Delacroix’s painting) .........97 Femmes Damn‚es ...........................................................98 The Litanies of Satan ....................................................100 Beauty ...........................................................................103

 

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