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Selected Poems from Les Fleurs du mal

A Bilingual Edition

Translated by Norman R. Shapiro, and with Engravings by David Schorr
In a masterly translation by Norman Shapiro, this selection of poems from Les Fleurs du mal demonstrates the magnificent range of Baudelaire’s gift, from the exquisite quatrains to the formal challenges of his famous sonnets. The poems are presented in both French and English, complemented by the work of illustrator David Schorr. As much a pleasure to look at as it is to read, this volume invites newcomers and devotees alike to experience Baudelaire’s genius anew.

"A fine, formal translation of the best poems of France’s founder of the symbolist movement."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"It’s rare to find a rewarding translation of a masterwork, particularly a collection of groundbreaking poetry. . . . Through Shapiro’s skillful wordsmithing, the reader can fully appreciate Baudelaire’s control of the soul and the word which is the ancient and indefatigable ambition of all great poets. . . . Shapiro’s interpretations set the standard for future English translations."—Virginia Quarterly Review

Read three poems.

248 pages | 18 engravings | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1998

Literature and Literary Criticism: Romance Languages


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword by Willis Barnstone
Preface by Norman R. Shapiro
Illustrator’s Preface by David Schorr
To the Reader
The Albatross
The Sick Muse
The Wretched Monk
The Enemy
The Jinx
The Former Life
Man and the Sea
Don Juan in Hell
Pride Punished
The Ideal
The Giantess
Hymn to Beauty
Exotic Perfume
"I worship you ..."
"Boredom it is ..."
Sed non satiata
"Dressed in her opalescent ..."
De profundis clamavi
The Vampire
"One night, with a vile Jewess ..."
The Cat
The Possessed
All of Her
"What will you say ..."
The Living Torch
Dawn of the Spirit
Evening Harmony
Heavens’ Haze
The Beautiful Ship
Invitation to the Voyage
For a Creole Lady
Moesta et Errabunda
The Incubus
Autumn Sonnet
Sorrows of the Moon
The Owls
The Pipe
A Fantastic Engraving
The Cracked Bell
The Taste for Nothingness
Grief’s Alchemy
Harmony of Horror
The Sun
The Swan
"I still recall ..."
Mists and Rains
Morning Twilight
The Lone Man’s Wine
Lovers’ Wine
The Two Good Sisters
The Fountain of Blood
Beatrice Mine
Abel and Cain
The End of the Day
Illustrator’s Notes

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