Charles Baudelaire

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Charles Baudelaire

NAME: Charles Pierre Baudelaire
BORN: April 9, 1821 Paris, France
DIED: August 31, 1867 (aged 46) Paris, France
OCCUPATION: Poet, art critic
NATIONALITY: French
LITERARY MOVEMENT: Symbolist, Modernist
Abstract
Charles Baudelaire is one of the major innovators in French literature. In the earlier 19th century, His poetry is influenced by the French romantic poets. Charles Baudelaire was a French poet who produced famous work as an essayist, art criticism and initiating translator of Edgar Allan Poe. The Flowers of Evil is His most famous work, expresses the changing nature of beauty in modern. Baudelaire's highly original style of prose-poetry influenced a whole generation of poets such as Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud and Stephane Mallarme. He is credited with created the term "modernity" to designate the fleeting, transitory experience of life in an urban metropolis, and the responsibility art has to capture that experience.

Charles Pierre Baudelaire

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ABSTRACT..................................................................................................................... ii INTRODUCTON........................................................................................................... 1 CHARLES’ CHILDHOOD........................................................................................ 2 EDUCATION.................................................................................................................. 2 TRAVEL TO INDIA, IN 1841................................................................................... 3 PUBLISHED CAREER................................................................................................ 3 THE LAST YEAR OF CHARLES........................................................................... 4 COMMENTARY............................................................................................................ 5 IMPRINT........................................................................................................................... 5

INTRODUCTION
Baudelaire is one of the major innovators in French literature. His poetry is affected by the French romantic poets of the earlier 19th century, although its attention to the formal aspects of verse connect it more closely to the work of the contemporary "Parnassians". As for main idea and tone, in his works we see the rejection of the belief in the supremacy of nature and the fundamental goodness of man as typically engaged by the romantics and expressed by them in rhetorical, effusive and public voice in favor of a new urban emotionally, an awareness of individual moral complexity, an interest in vice and refined sensual and elegant and beautiful pleasures, and the use of urban subject matter, such as the city, the crowd, individual passers-by, all expressed in highly ordered verse, sometimes through a cynical and ironic voice. Formally, the use of sound to create a novel atmosphere, and of "symbols", that listener or who reading the poem can feel, imagine and fantasize an expanded function within the poem, betray a move towards considering the poem as a self-referential object, the Symbolists Verlaine and Mallarme developed an idea further, who acknowledge Baudelaire as a pioneer in this regard. Beyond his innovations in versification and the theories of symbolism and "correspondences", an awareness of which is essential to any appreciation of the literary value of his work, features of his work which regularly have received much critical discussion include the role of women, the theological direction of his work and his stated advocacy of "satanism". His experience of drug-induced states of mind, the figure of the dandy, his stance regarding democracy and its implications for the...
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