1821-1867. Was the most influential French poet of the 1800’s?
An influential nineteenth century French poet, critic, and acclaimed translator.
For voice and piano, 1887-9
"One should always be drunk. That's all there is to it"
Les Fleurs du mal has been acknowledged as a classic of French literature.The author and the publisher were prosecuted under the regime of the Second Empire as an outrage aux bonnes mœurs (trans. "an insult to public decency"). As a consequence of this prosecution, Baudelaire was fined 300 francs. Six poems from the work were suppressed and the ban on their publication was not lifted in France until 1949.
"Mother of memories, mistress of mistresses...."
"...In every clime and under every sun, death laughs at ye, mad mortels, as ye run...."
"When with closed eyes in autumn's eves of gold, I breathe the burning odors of your breast...."
"Les Fleurs du Mal", 1857
51 short prose poems, 1869