How Charles Baudelaire Interpreted the Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. The Rhythmical Creation of Beauty

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Examines the parallel lives, beliefs, and artistic principles of Charles Baudelaire and Edgar Allan Poe, with an analysis of representative verse of Poe from the viewpoint of Baudelaire as he undertook the task of artistic comparison. There is no denying, however, that both men did indeed possess superior analytical minds, extensive knowledge, and an extraordinary vocabulary, and in describing Poe Baudelaire could have been describing himself.


From the Preface:
“Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) discovered the works of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) in 1846 and immediately recognized a kindred soul. This discovery reinforced and revitalized his mission as a poet. As he became more acquainted with Poe’s life and works, he found many parallels between his own life, beliefs, and artistic principles and those of Poe.”

Table of Contents

The Rhythmical Creation of Beauty
I. Parallel Lives and Beliefs
II. Parallel Artistic Principles
III. The Rhythmical Creation of Beauty


Baudelaire: L’Albatross
Poe: To Helen
Poe Sonnet: To Zante
Baudelaire: A Une Dame Créole
Poe : The Conqueror Worm

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