In both his life and his poetry, Charles Pierre Baudelaire pushed the accepted limits of his time. His dissolute bohemian life was as shocking to his nineteenth-century readers as his poetry. Writing in classical style but with brutal honesty, Baudelaire laid bare human suffering, aspirations, and perversions.
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Les Fleurs du Mal
Spleen et Idéal
Fleurs du Mal
Poems Added in 1868
'Baudelaire is indeed the greatest exemplar of modern poetry in any language' - T. S. Eliot