Charles Baudelaire was a French poet, born in Paris (France) on April 9th, 1821. He was one of the most famous poets of the 19th century. He broke the classical aesthetic of poetry and added modernity to the poetry pattern. He’s not only in France, but he is still recognized as a major writer of the world’s history of poetry. He is a worldwide classic.
He liberated the aesthetic of classic poetry from any moral or ethic. Just like in one of his most famous work “Les Fleurs du Mal” (The Flowers of Evil), Baudelaire tried to show the link between evil and beauty, happiness and the inaccessible ideal, violence and voluptuousness, a poet and a his reader, and the artist trough ages.
Alongside with his solemn poems or scandalous poems (for this period), he expressed melancholy and the quest of a new world. He also knew how to extract beauty from horror, which was scandalous also for this period.
Then, he fell in love with Jeanne Duval. With her, he discovered the charms but also the bitterness of passion.
Very early in his life, he was such into debt that he got under guardianship, and his life started to dissolve. But this doesn’t stop him from writing more works, and he even becomes art critic and journalist.
The revolution of February 1848 instituted the freedom of the press, so Charles Baudelaire created a newspaper called “Le Salut Public”, with ideas essentially republican. This paper won’t know any more success after the second publication.
Then, he discovered the existence of Edgar Allan Poe, and from this day on, he didn’t cease to proclaim his admiration for the American writer, so that he became his official translator.
In March 1866, Baudelaire suffered from paralysis due to a loss of consciousness. He died at the young age of 46 years old, on August 31st, 1867, in Paris (France), due to syphilis.
* * Some poems by Charles Baudelaire * *
* À Une Dame Créole (To A Creole Lady) *
* A Une Madone (To A Madonna) *
* Alchimie de la douleur (The Alchemy of Sorrow) *
* Anywhere Out of the World *
* At One O’Clock In The Morning *
* Au Lecteur *
* Autumn *
* Avec ses vêtements ondoyants et nacrés(With Waving Opalescense In Her Gown) *
* Be Drunk *
* Beacons *
* Bénédiction (Benediction) *
* Beowulf *
* Bertha’s Eyes *
* Bohémiens En Voyage (Gypsies On The Road) *
* Calm *
* Cats *
* Causerie (Conversation) *
* Chanson d’Après-midi (Afternoon Song) *
* Chant d’automne (Song Of Autumn) *
* Châtiment De L’Orgueil (The Punishment of Pride) *