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Au-dessus des étangs, au-dessus des vallées
Des montagnes, du bois, des nuages, des mers,
Par delà le soleil, par delà les éthers,
Par delà les confins des sphères etoilées. 30 altre parole


99. (William Empson)

Whatever else its relationship to genre, wit is a particular way of coping with the world’s fragility, its tendency to waste and isolation. Wit happens when the intelligence detaches itself from a situation in which that fragility is keenly felt and is able, by virtue of that detachment, not only to extract from it those dispersed and discordant elements that threaten to waste and isolate life, but to arrange them in a balanced design that makes them seem as inconsequential as ornament. 794 altre parole


À la très chère, à la très belle

This wonderful poem by Baudelaire is entitled Hymn, but it could almost equally be entitled Prayer or Psalm, as he takes the form of religious praise of a deity and uses it as a vehicle for worship of his loved one. 248 altre parole

The Death of the Author - Roland Barthes

I finally got around to writing a few words on the 1967 essay, The Death of the Author by Roland Barthes. The essay explores the notion of authorship and argues against traditional literary criticism (structuralism). 437 altre parole


The Invitation

Inspired by L’invitation au voyage by Charles Baudelaire.

My cat, my dearest,
Summerlong sunkissed,
These words are just for your eyes;
Each hopes to express… 171 altre parole


Gretchen Schultz, Sapphic Fathers: Discourses of Same-Sex Desire from Nineteenth-Century France - TLS

“For Lesbos chose me above any on earth to sing the secret of its flowering maidens”. Baudelaire’s claim of anointment was just one of many hints and explanations – often self-contradicting – given by male, nineteenth century French writers as to why they placed lesbianism so prominently in their work. 927 altre parole


Charles Baudelaire, Fleurs du mal / Flowers of Evil

Charles BaudelaireFleurs du mal / Flowers of Evil (1857 Edition)Baudelaire’s poetry was well-known long before it was collected in Les Fleurs du mal in 1857. A few scattered poems had appeared in journals and reviews, and Baudelaire had also achieved notoriety reciting his lurid verses aloud. 117 altre parole