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Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

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Charles Baudelaire
Charles Baudelaire
1821-1867


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Other English translations:
Be Drunken  (1919 Symons) A/V
Intoxication (1919 Sturm)


NOTES:
Charles Baudelaire was a pioneer and champion of the controversial “prose poem”.  There are those who would reserve the term "poem" for metered / stanza -ed writing.  Prose is prose and poetry is poetry!  There is no need for hybrid nomenclature.  Author’s intent aside, can one pull, say, the opening paragraph of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and call it a prose poem?

Of course, author’s intent is of ultimate importance in calling a piece of writing a “prose poem”.  Poetic techniques such as repetition, cadence, and rhyme are often employed.  I, obviously, have no problem with the genre.
 – S. H. Bass  


more Charles Baudelaire at
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from Les fluers du mal (The Flowers of Evil):
Hymn To Beauty *   A/V
The Soul Of Wine  
The Wine Of Lovers * A/V
The Wine Of The Murderer*
The Wine Of The Rag-Pickers 
The Wine Of The Solitary*

Prose poems:
The Thyrsus:  To Franz Liszt


* multiple Englsh translations

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Drink 
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet
translated by Grace King (1851-1932), American writer

One should be always drunk.  That is all, the whole question.  In order not to feel the horrible burden of Time, which is breaking your shoulders and bearing you to earth, you must be drunk without cease.

But drunk on what?  On wine, poetry, or virtue, as you choose.  But get drunk.

And if sometimes, on the steps of a palace, on the green grass of a moat, in the dull solitude of your chamber, you awake with your intoxication already lessened or gone, ask of the wind, the wave, the star, the clock, of everything that flies, sobs, rolls, sings, talks, what is the hour? and the wind, the wave, the star, the bird, the clock will answer, "It is the hour to get drunk!"  Not to be the martyred slave of Time, get drunk;  get drunk unceasingly.  Wine, poetry, or virtue, as you choose.


from  Library Of The World's Best Literature: Ancient and Modern, Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900), Editor, Connoissuer Edition Vol. IV  (1896), "Charles Baudelaire" editor:  Grace King (1851-1932)


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Les Fluers du Mal (The Flowers of Evil)
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