Charles Baudelaire: Poems Background

Charles Baudelaire: Poems Background

Charles Baudelaire is considered one of the most stimulating poets of the nineteenth century. He was born during 1821 in France and died during 1867. Although he was a poet, he was also a novelist and prose writer. According to the Poetry Foundation, his prose writing talent is placed on virtually the same level as his poetic talent. His literary collection includes poetry, a novella, popular translations of Edgar Allan Poe, critiques of contemporary art, journal entries, and analytical essays.

Regarding his poetry, its development was largely influenced by hardships he faced during his lifetime, including family struggles, social isolation, financial burdens, perplexing emotions, and more. Some of his best poems came from such turbulent moments, exemplifying his witty, metaphorical style and soulful tone.

It's believed that Baudelaire's first publications of poetry were possibly disguised. Yet eleven poems published between 1844 and 1847 under the name Privat d'Anglemont, in L'Artiste, have been attributed to Baudelaire. More of his poetry was published during 1851 and was clearly attributed to Baudelaire. Some poem titles include "Anywhere Out of the World," "The Abyss," "The Ruined Garden," "Destruction," and "Meditation."

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