Charles Baudelaire – Les Fleurs du Mal (and Selected Poems) BOOK REVIEW


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oldmoviemusic says:

Whenever I see you talk about poetry it always sounds like you should be reading John Donne!

interzone 84 says:

thanks for that………gonna watch dead man .

William Radford says:

Loved the strips of setting sun shining in the room. Very cool.

Christopher L says:

I look forward to your reviews every week Cliff. The prose poems in Paris Spleen by Baudelaire are also fantastic.

Antastesia says:

I was waiting for this one! And I agree on the distinction between Rimbaud and Baudelaire, which is one of the main reasons why I love Baudelaire much much much more.

Yasmine Bakri says:

I had to give u a thumbs up for that fucking goblet

gary Van winkle says:

Good review, but get rid of that floppy hairdo..

Alencar Faulkner says:

If you’re still doing the low-carb thing: be careful with alcohol (though for meself — I’ve stopped with sodas when I was sixteen –, but I would never stop with wine: it’s one of my very few (very few) indulgences). Nice review as always.
“— Et le ver rongera ta peau comme un remords”

Chris'Jams says:

Souviens-toi toujours: mourir en lisant

Meditations on a Peak says:

Laissez-moi respirer longtemps, longtemps, l’odeur de tes cheveux! Ah, Baudelaire. Brings back such memories of Oxford.

Nicolás Bascuñán says:

The manga was better

RyanJE says:

I just picked it up yesterday. Someone must have been telling me you were about to review it.

Griffin Miller says:

First book review of a book I have already read.

NotAtAll says:

Is it The Flower of Evil?
I’ve read the manga not the poems.

The Necessary Angel says:

Touching depiction on screen of a poète maudit at heart:

sohini sarker says:


Dj Togusa says:

Have you thought about reviewing Naked Lunch?

Vrixton Phillips says:

what’s on the list of “dark french lit” hopefully upcoming this “season”?

Ritwik Chakraborty says:

Nice video! I’ve been wanting to read Les Fleurs du Mal and others works by Baudelaire ever since I watched Aku no Hana which is definitely among the best anime I’ve watched in terms of both cinematography and concept. The anime explores the act of finding meaning in self, in love and how it connects with the perverse. The essence of perversion is beautiful and realising one’s perversion, from both a passive and active perspective often connects to a feeling of transcendence. It’d be great if you could watch it sometime. It’s wonderful.

Verepaine says:

ole Chuckie was one creepy little perverted french dude – !GUAU! is his poetry beautiful

Ratatöskr says:

Wow, I just found the book two months ago in a public bookshelf on the street (I don’t know whether you ve also got these things in the States). I picked it up mainly because it was the only book in French, without ever having heard of it or its author. So far I haven’t read it because I realized immediately after bringing it home that my French still sucked. Guess that’s some divine providence telling me to give it another shot

Miesmystinen says:

If you like Baudelaire and Rimbaud, you’d probably like Georg Trakl also.

interzone 84 says:

iggy in dress whats not to love

Pedro Johnson says:

Still waiting for that “Les sang des betes” review on your film review channel.

Luiz Barbieri says:

You should read Walter Benjamin’s book on Baudelaire

Jeffrey Heinrich says:

Wait!!! My name is Jeff and I donate! Does that mean I won?! How do we go about this?!

Lucas C.A. Rocha says:

Baudelaire is part of an unofficial group like Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Camus, Cioran. Non believers (atheists/agnostics) that are deeply influenced by religion, spirituality and mysticism. With Schopenhauer we have the metaphysics of the Will and his influences from Buddhism. With Nietzsche we have a more greek, helenistic and tragic spirituality. Camus concluded his Philosophy degreee with a work about Saint Augustine, Neo Platonism and Christianity. Cioran was a reader of the mystics like Augustine, Eckhart and Teresa of Avila, and his writing is both deeply nihilistic and religious. His philosophy is a mix of pessimism, nihilism, Christianity, Gnosticism, Buddhism etc.

Baudelaire is like that. He was influenced by Joseph de Maistre, one of the most famous french traditionalists of 18th century. With Maistre, he adopted the theological concept of original sin, a very recurrent theme in his poetry. He is the beginning of what we know as Modern, but he is at the same time an anti-modernism. He goes against ideas like progress, redemption through science and politics, humamism etc.

I loved the video, but I was expecting you to talk about Bataille’s chapter and comments about Baudelaire from The Literature and Evil.

I highly recommend theses 2 videos about Baudelaire:



Bruno Sangiorgio says:

God I was waiting eagerly for this review! I study french in college and this book is that kind of “one book to bring to a desert island” situation in the case of poetry. Keep on the great reviews <3

Shining Finger Sword says:

Watch him get like $1000 in donations for Gravity’s Rainbow hahahaha

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