We cannot verify your location
Browse Book and Journal Content on Project MUSE
OR
title

Paris Spleen

little poems in prose

Charles Baudelaire

Publication Year: 2009

Between 1855 and his death in 1867, Charles Baudelaire inaugurated a new--and in his own words "dangerous"--hybrid form in a series of prose poems known as Paris Spleen. Important and provocative, these fifty poems take the reader on a tour of 1850s Paris, through gleaming cafes and filthy side streets, revealing a metropolis on the eve of great change. In its deliberate fragmentation and merging of the lyrical with the sardonic, Le Spleen de Paris may be regarded as one of the earliest and most successful examples of a specifically urban writing, the textual equivalent of the city scenes of the Impressionists. In this compelling new translation, Keith Waldrop delivers the companion to his innovative translation of The Flowers of Evil. Here, Waldrop's perfectly modulated mix releases the music, intensity, and dissonance in Baudelaire's prose. The result is a powerful new re-imagining that is closer to Baudelaire's own poetry than any previous English translation.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF (58.8 KB)
p. -

read more

Translator’s Introduction

pdf iconDownload PDF (95.3 KB)
pp. vii-viii

Baudelaire, in his last years, planned a new (“augmented”) edition of The Flowers of Evil and, as “pendant” to that work, a volume of “little poems in prose.” He did not live to see fulfilled either of these projects. The third edition of The Flowers of Evil came out the year after his death, as volume one ...

read more

Dedication: For Ars

pdf iconDownload PDF (45.7 KB)
pp. 3-4

Dear friend, I send you a work no one can claim not to make head or tail of, since, on the contrary, there is at once both tail and head, alternating and reciprocal. Consider, I beg you, how admirably convenient this combination makes it for each and all — you, me, the reader. We may stop whenever we like, I my daydream, you the manuscript, the reader his ...

read more

I: The Stranger

pdf iconDownload PDF (36.8 KB)
p. 5-5

read more

II: An Old Woman’s Despair

pdf iconDownload PDF (37.0 KB)
p. 6-6

read more

III: The Artist’s Confiteor

pdf iconDownload PDF (48.9 KB)
p. 7-7

read more

IV: A Joker

pdf iconDownload PDF (37.2 KB)
p. 8-8

read more

V: Double Bedroom

pdf iconDownload PDF (52.3 KB)
pp. 9-11

read more

VI: To Each His Chim

pdf iconDownload PDF (37.6 KB)
p. 12-12

read more

VII: The Fool and Venus

pdf iconDownload PDF (37.5 KB)
p. 13-13

read more

VIII: Dog and Flask

pdf iconDownload PDF (37.0 KB)
p. 14-14

read more

IX: The Bad Glazier

pdf iconDownload PDF (52.5 KB)
pp. 15-17

read more

X: One A.M.

pdf iconDownload PDF (50.2 KB)
pp. 18-19

read more

XI: Wild Woman and Little Darling

pdf iconDownload PDF (51.3 KB)
pp. 20-21

read more

XII: The Crowd

pdf iconDownload PDF (38.5 KB)
pp. 22-23

read more

XIII: Widows

pdf iconDownload PDF (52.9 KB)
pp. 24-26

read more

XIV: The Old Showman

pdf iconDownload PDF (39.9 KB)
pp. 27-28

read more

XV: Cake

pdf iconDownload PDF (51.2 KB)
pp. 29-30

read more

XVI: The Clock

pdf iconDownload PDF (37.6 KB)
p. 31-31

read more

XVII: A Hemisphere in a Head of Hair

pdf iconDownload PDF (37.5 KB)
p. 32-32

read more

XVIII: Invitation to the Voyage

pdf iconDownload PDF (52.7 KB)
pp. 33-35

read more

XIX: A Toy for the Poor

pdf iconDownload PDF (50.1 KB)
pp. 36-37

read more

XX: Fairy Gifts

pdf iconDownload PDF (51.4 KB)
pp. 38-39

read more

XXI: Temptations or Eros, Plutus and Glory

pdf iconDownload PDF (50.1 KB)
pp. 40-42

read more

XXII: Evening Twilight

pdf iconDownload PDF (50.8 KB)
pp. 43-44

read more

XXIII: Solitude

pdf iconDownload PDF (50.3 KB)
pp. 45-46

read more

XXIV: Planning

pdf iconDownload PDF (50.4 KB)
pp. 47-48

read more

XXV: Dorothea the Beautiful

pdf iconDownload PDF (39.3 KB)
pp. 49-50

read more

XXVI: The Eyes of the Poor

pdf iconDownload PDF (39.2 KB)
pp. 51-52

read more

XXVII: An Heroic Death

pdf iconDownload PDF (55.1 KB)
pp. 53-56

read more

XXVIII: The False Coin

pdf iconDownload PDF (39.1 KB)
pp. 57-58

read more

XXIX: Generous Gambler

pdf iconDownload PDF (53.6 KB)
pp. 59-61

read more

XXX: The Rope

pdf iconDownload PDF (50.4 KB)
pp. 62-64

read more

XXXI: Callings

pdf iconDownload PDF (54.8 KB)
pp. 65-68

read more

XXXII: The Thyrsus

pdf iconDownload PDF (46.8 KB)
pp. 69-70

read more

XXXIII: Be Drunk

pdf iconDownload PDF (37.0 KB)
p. 71-71

read more

XXXIV: Already!

pdf iconDownload PDF (50.3 KB)
pp. 72-73

read more

XXXV: Windows

pdf iconDownload PDF (37.3 KB)
p. 74-74

read more

XXXVI: The Urge to Paint

pdf iconDownload PDF (37.6 KB)
p. 75-75

XXXVII: Moon Favors

pdf iconDownload PDF (49.0 KB)
p. 76-76

read more

XXXVIII: Which Is the True?

pdf iconDownload PDF (37.3 KB)
p. 77-77

read more

XXXIX: A Thoroughbred

pdf iconDownload PDF (37.4 KB)
p. 78-78

XL: The Mirror

pdf iconDownload PDF (36.8 KB)
p. 79-79

XLI: The Port

pdf iconDownload PDF (37.0 KB)
p. 80-80

XLII: Mistresses Portrayed

pdf iconDownload PDF (56.0 KB)
pp. 81-84

XLIII: The Gallant Marksman

pdf iconDownload PDF (48.6 KB)
p. 85-85

read more

XLIV: Soup and Clouds

pdf iconDownload PDF (36.9 KB)
p. 86-86

XLV: Shooting-Gallery and Cemetery

pdf iconDownload PDF (49.1 KB)
p. 87-87

XLVI: Lost Halo

pdf iconDownload PDF (37.3 KB)
p. 88-88

read more

XLVII: Mademoiselle Bistoury

pdf iconDownload PDF (53.7 KB)
pp. 89-91

XLVIII: Anywhere Out of the World

pdf iconDownload PDF (39.0 KB)
pp. 92-93

read more

XLIX: Knock Down the Poor!

pdf iconDownload PDF (51.4 KB)
pp. 94-95

read more

L: Good Dogs

pdf iconDownload PDF (86.6 KB)
pp. 96-99


E-ISBN-13: 9780819569981
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819569097

Page Count: 124
Publication Year: 2009

Edition: Trans. from the French
Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Series

Recommend

UPCC logo

Subject Headings

  • Prose poems, French -- Translations into English.
  • Paris (France) -- Poetry.
  • You have access to this content
  • Free sample
  • Open Access
  • Restricted Access