Charles Baudelaire

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Charles Baudelaire Biography

Charles Pierre Baudelaire was a French poet who produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. His most famous work, Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil), expresses the changing nature of beauty in modern, industrializing Paris during the 19th ...

Charles Baudelaire Poems

Be Drunk

You have to be always drunk. That's all there is to it--it's the
only way. So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that breaks
your back and bends you to the earth, you have to be continually

Get Drunk

Always be drunk.
That's it!
The great imperative!
In order not to feel

Her Hair

O fleece, that down the neck waves to the nape!
O curls! O perfume nonchalant and rare!
O ecstasy! To fill this alcove shape
With memories that in these tresses sleep,

Anywhere Out Of The World

This life is a hospital where every patient is possessed with the desire to change beds; one man would like to
suffer in front of the stove, and another believes that he would recover his health beside the window.
It always seems to me that I should feel well in the place where I am not, and this question of removal is one
which I discuss incessantly with my soul.


They are alike, prim scholar and perfervid lover:
When comes the season of decay, they both decide
Upon sweet, husky cats to be the household pride;
Cats choose, like them, to sit, and like them, shudder.

Charles Baudelaire Quotes

11 November 2014

What is art? Prostitution.

11 November 2014

It would perhaps be nice to be alternately the victim and the executioner.

11 November 2014

There exist only three respectable beings: the priest, the warrior, the poet. To know, to kill, and to create.

11 November 2014

It would be difficult for me not to conclude that the most perfect type of masculine beauty is Satan,—as portrayed by Milton.

11 November 2014

Every idea is endowed of itself with immortal life, like a human being. All created form, even that which is created by man, is immortal. For form is independent of matter: molecules do not constitute form.

Charles Baudelaire Comments

Lucianne Fasolo 26 September 2007

Ah, Baudelaire. The forefather of modern poetry, and also of the French Symbolism. He had a unique style, his poems were flawless and beautiful. And he's one of my favorite poets ever, :)

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ari anna arena 17 January 2007

Why no 'Le Balcon'? A bella poesia.

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Geneva Henderson 30 January 2006

This is one of those cool poems. It makes you think. Personally I love Baudelaire. He has a beautiful rythem and sound that enchants me and inspires me.

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Heather Marie Mortimer 01 October 2019

Sadly, I do not see any of my favorite versions of my favorite poet posted here, from: 'The Poems and Prose Poems of Charles Baudelaire. Ed. James Huneker. New York: Brentano's,1919' I would encourage Baudelaire fans to read those particular translations as well! And I hope this is remedied here in the future.

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bellyvankelly 27 October 2018

les fleur du mal- -dam near flawless- depending on which translation u get rest in poetry my gentle fellow mad poet i heart u (an it would b ah black heart, u know dat...)

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Ray Burleigh 02 May 2018

Dear poem hunter creators. My long overdue message to you. Wow. Great gaudy generous gratitude. Finding Baudelaire reminded me of all the thanks you deserve for this website. Bless you all. I turn to you so often for Respite and hope.

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A disinterested bystander 24 November 2017

Baudelaire's great talent I suppose was distilling sour grapes into eloquence.

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Shobana Gomes 28 April 2014

His poems tread on the catchy-ness of his phrases. Love it.

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