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Baudelaire : Les Fleurs du mal - F. W. Leakey

Baudelaire

Les Fleurs du mal

Paperback Published: 8th June 1992
ISBN: 9780521369374
Number Of Pages: 144

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Les Fleurs du Mal, once the most infamous book of poems in French literature, has in this century become the most famous and the most admired, owing its "landmark" status to the sheer aesthetic quality of its verses rather than to its judicial condemnation on its first publication in 1857. In this volume, Professor Leakey provides a comprehensive guide to the understanding and appreciation of Les Fleurs du Mal, offering new insights into its composition, themes and style, setting it in its historical context, and devoting a whole chapter to Baudelaire's crowning achievement, Le Cygne.

"...F.W. Leakey's concise volume serves as an excellent guide to Baudelaire's poetry and life. Leakey's lifelong study of Baudelaire's works is apparent on every page, an artful blend of essential information and critical insight. ... What distinguishes this volume overall is the ease with which Leakey ties Baudelaire's work to the broad tradition of French lyric verse, and simultaneously sets it apart, highlighting Baudelaire's originality and modernity." French Review

Prefacep. vii
Chronologyp. ix
Composition
The poet in a bourgeois erap. 1
A young man's bookp. 2
Les Lesbiennes (1845-7)p. 3
Les Limbes (1848-52)p. 3
Les Fleurs du Mal (1857)p. 4
Les Fleurs du Mal (1861)p. 11
Les Fleurs du Mal (1868)p. 14
Themes
Baudelaire and the French lyric traditionp. 15
The love poetp. 16
The self-analystp. 22
The practising poetp. 26
The compassionate spokesman: victims and rebelsp. 28
The poet as moralistp. 31
The poet of Nature (and anti-Nature)p. 36
The poet of Parisp. 39
The transposition d'art and the art of transpositionp. 42
A punning titlep. 47
Sound and sense
The sound of French poetryp. 51
The sound of Baudelaire's poetryp. 54
Imageryp. 70
Structurep. 76
Swan-song: Le Cygnep. 81
Conclusionp. 95
Guide to further readingp. 109
Index of poems by Baudelairep. 114
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ISBN: 9780521369374
ISBN-10: 0521369371
Series: Landmarks of World Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 8th June 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.16