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The Beauty of Ill-Being: From Sappho to Satan

Roger Pearson

in The Beauty of Baudelaire: The Poet as Alternative Lawgiver

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
October 2021
ISBN:
9780192843319
eISBN:
9780191925856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192843319.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses the eighteen poems published in June 1855 under the title of ‘Les Fleurs du Mal’ and shows how they recall earlier themes from the Lesbos and limbo poems while introducing new ... More


Lesbos and Limbo: Towards Les Fleurs du Mal

Roger Pearson

in The Beauty of Baudelaire: The Poet as Alternative Lawgiver

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
October 2021
ISBN:
9780192843319
eISBN:
9780191925856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192843319.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter initiates a detailed account of Les Fleurs du Mal by first examining the two groupings of poems—provisionally entitled Les Lesbiennes and Les Limbes—out of which the collection ... More


Les Fleurs du Mal (1857/1861): New Beginnings

Roger Pearson

in The Beauty of Baudelaire: The Poet as Alternative Lawgiver

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
October 2021
ISBN:
9780192843319
eISBN:
9780191925856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192843319.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter and Chapter 9 discuss the evolving ‘architecture’ of the first and second editions of Les Fleurs du Mal and examine in particular the changes made between 1857 and 1861 to the ... More


Versification and the Poetic Idea

Roger Pearson

in The Beauty of Baudelaire: The Poet as Alternative Lawgiver

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
October 2021
ISBN:
9780192843319
eISBN:
9780191925856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192843319.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses how for Baudelaire the rules of versification spring from a deep-rooted human need for the beauty of harmonic relations, what in Fusées he calls the ‘idée poétique’ and ... More


Les Fleurs du Mal (1857/1861): New Endings

Roger Pearson

in The Beauty of Baudelaire: The Poet as Alternative Lawgiver

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
October 2021
ISBN:
9780192843319
eISBN:
9780191925856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192843319.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines the ‘endings’ of ‘Spleen et idéal’ and Les Fleurs du Mal. After discussion of ‘Hymne à la Beauté’, which in 1861 completes the evolution from tradition to innovation in the ... More


Poetry in the City: Melancholy and Time in ‘Tableaux parisiens’

Roger Pearson

in The Beauty of Baudelaire: The Poet as Alternative Lawgiver

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
October 2021
ISBN:
9780192843319
eISBN:
9780191925856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192843319.003.0019
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses the poetic treatment of melancholy and time in ‘Tableaux parisiens’. It situates this section within the revised structure of the 1861 Les Fleurs du Mal and presents its ‘urban ... More


Introduction: An Unacknowledged Legislator?

Roger Pearson

in The Beauty of Baudelaire: The Poet as Alternative Lawgiver

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
October 2021
ISBN:
9780192843319
eISBN:
9780191925856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192843319.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The Introduction addresses the relationship between literature and legislation in Second Empire France. It begins with the charges of obscenity and irreligion brought against Flaubert (Madame Bovary) ... More


Caricature

J. A. Hiddleston

in Baudelaire and the Art of Memory

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159322
eISBN:
9780191673597
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159322.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter develops, in a ‘Baudelairean’ manner, the suggestive quality of the works he admires. Wherever relevant, it also indicates the relationship of the art criticism to his other writings, in ... More


Melancholy and the Poetic Act: Decomposition and Composition

Roger Pearson

in The Beauty of Baudelaire: The Poet as Alternative Lawgiver

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
October 2021
ISBN:
9780192843319
eISBN:
9780191925856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192843319.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter prepares for later discussion (in Part IV) of Les Fleurs du Mal as a poetic performance by examining how for Baudelaire poetry offers a palliative to melancholy through the creativity ... More


The Poet-Artist as Performer

Roger Pearson

in The Beauty of Baudelaire: The Poet as Alternative Lawgiver

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
October 2021
ISBN:
9780192843319
eISBN:
9780191925856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192843319.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter considers the poet as a performer. It discusses Baudelaire’s understanding of beauty as an effect of heightened attention and spiritual intensity (or ivresse) brought on by the ... More


Melancholy and Baudelaire

Roger Pearson

in The Beauty of Baudelaire: The Poet as Alternative Lawgiver

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
October 2021
ISBN:
9780192843319
eISBN:
9780191925856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192843319.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Part II focuses on melancholy (Chapters 4 and 5) and begins a commentary on Les Fleurs du Mal (Chapters 6–10), which will be completed in Part IV (Chapters 15–19). This chapter focuses on melancholy ... More


The Poetry of Passion: Sex, Beauty, and Verse

Roger Pearson

in The Beauty of Baudelaire: The Poet as Alternative Lawgiver

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
October 2021
ISBN:
9780192843319
eISBN:
9780191925856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192843319.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Part IV resumes focus on Les Fleurs du Mal, now from the perspective of Baudelaire’s newly considered emphasis on the creative imagination and the redemptive function of the poetic act. It examines ... More


The Beauty of Baudelaire: The Poet as Alternative Lawgiver

Roger Pearson

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
October 2021
ISBN:
9780192843319
eISBN:
9780191925856
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192843319.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book offers the first comprehensive close reading in any language of the complete works of Charles Baudelaire (1821–67). Taking full account of his critical writings on literature and the fine ... More


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