The Flowers of Evil

The Flowers of Evil

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The poetic masterpiece of the great nineteenth-century writer Charles Baudelaire, The Flowers of Evil is one of the most frequently read and studied works in the French language. In this compelling new translation of Baudelaire's most famous collection, Keith Waldrop recasts the poet's original French alexandrines and other poetic arrangements into versets, a form that hovers between poetry and prose. Maintaining Baudelaire's complex view of sound and structure, Waldrop's translation mirrors the intricacy of the original without attempting to replicate its inimitable verse. The result is a powerful new re-imagining, one that is, almost paradoxically, closer to Baudelaire's own poetry than any previous English translation. Including the six poems banned from the first edition, this Flowers of Evil preserves the complexity, eloquence, and dark humor of its author. Brought here to new life, it is hypnotic, frank, and forceful.
Publisher: Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press, 2007.
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780819567994
081956799X
9780819568007
0819568007
Branch Call Number: 841.8 BAU
Characteristics: xxvii, 194 pages ;,22 cm

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