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Charles Baudelaire
Charles Baudelaire

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Le Vin du solitaire (original French) 

More English translations:
The Wine Of The Solitary Man (1931 Shanks)

S. H. Bass also contributes original poetry to

Translator's Note:
“English verse by S.H. Bass . . .” is the translator's credit line that accompany seven (7) poems that are posted here at  As I struggled to choose poems for this site (and the anthology, Bottled Poetry: Verses from the Vine), the public domain translations (if any) that I discovered, I found lacking in some respect or another.  Frustrated, I thought “I could do a better job myself” – and so I did! 

There is an established tradition for poets using other's and/or verbatim translations to transmute foreign language poems into English verse. 

- S. H. Bass  

more Charles Baudelaire at

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

Prose poems:
Be Drunk* A/V
The Thyrsus:  To Franz Liszt

* multiple Englsh translations

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The Wine Of The Solitary
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet
English verse by S.H. Bass (b. 1956), American writer/poet

The beckoning glance of a maiden unknown:
an undulating ray like that of the moon
that traverses the waters of a secluded lagoon
where she bathes her beauty – and now not alone . . .

The gambler's last bet, held like a prayer . . .
The lust-filled kiss stole in a harlot's lair . . .
A haunting tune that wheedles and cajoles
an impassioned cry buried deep in our souls . . .

All these, O bottle, pale in their worth
to the balms you bear, dark and deep,
for the pious poet's heart to steep.

You pour out hope, youth, and healing sleep –
As well as Pride (the poor man's only treasure)
by which, like gods, do our triumphs we measure!

from Bottled Poetry: Verses From The Vine, edited by Stephen H. Bass (Robinsonville, MS: Spilt Wine Publishing Co. 2013).   English translation copyright 2013 Stephen H. Bass.  All rights reserved.  Posted at with the permission of Stephen H. Bass.


Les Fluers du Mal (The Flowers of Evil)
 by Charles Baudelaire 
  Richard Howard (trans.)

  French and English.  
  Award-winning translation


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