Some of them are unedited while some of them are. I apologise for not citing the sites as references.
So as to try to follow that, I've got to disclose a bit of an embarrassment. Baudelaire was, for me, the kind of poet only certain kinds of people liked.
By this I don't mean Francophiles or the merely pretentious but there was something that set a devotee of C. It's hard to http: It's hard to put it into words- maybe you know it when you see it- but there was something sort of I'm no stranger to French poetry or literary bleakness, believe you me, but there was always something slightly creepy about Baudelaire, I could never put my finger on why I recoiled from it and what this meant.
There's the languid, morbid Romanticism, fond of grand statements and magnificent imagery; the surgically precise mastery of rhyme and meter I don't speak more than toddler's French but you can pretty much get a good sense of this stuff with the original text facing the English translations ; the utterly bleak yet exotic, nigh- perfumed insights, metaphoric associations and twists of phrase; the poet's own and those of his poetic subjects addictions and rhapsodies; the deep, indescribable longings muddled with spleen; the detestation of smug comfort and propriety with the love of the 'perverse', the 'occult' and the melodious rumination mixed with ominous, pervading ennui Well, call me a hardheaded New England Pragmatist, but there was something sort of suspiciously sickly about this guy.
I mean, here I am, I'm very ok with this.
Not necessarily dying to be anywhere else or doing much else. I'm content, in my clean, well-lighted place down the street from the apt. My oldest friend, a fine poet and a dedicated teacher and a loving husband and father, just loved this stuff when we were growing up.
Still does, in fact. I never quite got it- I mean, there's plenty to take from the poems AS poems but really, where does one relate? I wasn't outraged by Baudelaire, I was given the willies. I was just pretty definitively turned-off by an elaborately detailed, mockingly erotic poem about finding a maggot-teeming corpse, spreadeagled, in the middle of a spring stroll with your lover I get it, I get it, but I'm gonna start slowly backing away now, ok?
I didn't get it, and I didn't even really want to.
Now that's totally changed. I don't quite know why. I think it's got something to do with reading Walter Benjamin's interesting take on Baudelaire's style and literary achievement on a bus on the way to visit said friend.LETTER I. By your permission I lay before you, in a series of letters, the results of my researches upon beauty and art.
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Paul Kingsnorth is a writer and poet living in Cumbria, England. He is the author of several books, including the poetry collection Kidland and his fictional debut The Wake, winner of the Gordon Burn Prize and the Bookseller Book of the Year Award. Kingsnorth is the cofounder and director of the Dark Mountain Project, a network of writers, artists, and thinkers.
That is the secret of all culture: it does not provide artificial limbs, wax noses or spectacles—that which can provide these things is, rather, only sham education.