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Les Fleurs du Mal

Les Fleurs du Mal

Charles Baudelaire


The best known of the decadent poets and a delight to generations of self-obsessed undergraduates, Baudelaire still has plenty of power.

Reviewing a book of poetry is different to reviewing prose or non-fiction, I think, in the sense that there's much more sense of reviewing whether the poetry speaks to you in that particular moment. There was a time when I would have given Baudelaire five stars without question, for poems like "Meditation" or "Autumn song" alone - and those are still two of my favourites. Or perhaps he has to be read by candlelight or an open fire, and not on a sunny summer day. Nonetheless, as a poet of melancholy he still has no equal: an antidote to the constant pressure to be happy.

3/5. Finished 01 August 2014.

(Originally published on Goodreads.)

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