Charles Baudelaire

(9 April 1821 – 31 August 1867 / Paris)

Be Drunk - Poem by Charles Baudelaire

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
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Form: Prose Poem


Comments about Be Drunk by Charles Baudelaire

  • (3/25/2019 12:35:00 PM)

    Absolutely love this. (Report)Reply

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  • Robert Murray Smith (5/2/2018 12:54:00 AM)

    Intoxication by any means is delivered by this poem. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/18/2018 12:49:00 PM)

    It seems - from this poem and others - that life is an overwhelming foe. (Report)Reply

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  • Damion Hamilton (3/4/2018 4:04:00 PM)

    Wow. powerful about being in love with Life. Be drunk. Love it. (Report)Reply

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  • Shareq Rahman (12/4/2016 12:57:00 AM)

    Being drunk on wine or virtue can be a problem. Virtue here means spiritualism or religion. When a person is drunk in religion he/she tends to do some preaching to people around. Spiritual people don't like freedom of thought. (Report)Reply

    Ronnie Heaven(10/8/2018 3:40:00 AM)

    Baudelaire is certainly not talking about religion when he says virtue. He is speaking of heroism, of love, peace and other virtues. He is praising those who devote their lives to serving others. Self sacrifice, or giving it all for love is incredibly intoxicating.

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  • (5/26/2015 12:06:00 AM)

    This was the motivation i needed thank you. (Report)Reply

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  • Naida Nepascua Supnet (5/18/2015 7:06:00 PM)

    Oh yes I agree
    Being drunk does not only mean about wine or liquor
    Yes be drunk with love or poetry or passion or happiness

    I am glad I saw this poem today
    Thank you
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  • (5/18/2015 3:35:00 PM)

    This poem has an indepth meaning: : nice one (Report)Reply

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  • (5/18/2015 3:32:00 PM)

    This poem has an hidden meaning; am trying to mediate on lines the poem: : nice one (Report)Reply

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  • Kim Barney (5/18/2015 1:56:00 PM)

    Horrible advice. There is no need to escape reality by being drunk all the time. Life is beautiful. Learn to appreciate the beauties of this life. If you must be drunk on something, let it be poetry for sure! (Report)Reply

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  • Cunningham Mbati (5/18/2015 9:29:00 AM)

    always be drunk on something...awesome piece and very true. (Report)Reply

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  • Captain Herbert Poetry (5/18/2015 2:16:00 AM)

    Very meaningful poem and the great spirit of poetry (Report)Reply

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  • (5/18/2015 1:02:00 AM)

    Why do we live if we constantly want to escape reality?
    True in all times.
    What a tragedy!
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  • John S (5/16/2013 4:11:00 AM)

    Be drunk on wine, poetry, or virtue as you wish (or in today's modern age: be drunk on movies, video games, e-books etc.) 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 drunk.
    How true. Escape your worries of death, money, old age, disease, the monotony of work, and be intoxicated by that which puts passion in your life.
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  • (8/11/2009 2:54:00 AM)

    everything that is flying, everything
    that is groaning, everything that is rolling, everything that is
    singing, everything that is speaking

    That is me drunk on passion. To be so moved by a dead man is nearly necrophilia.
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  • (11/12/2006)

    so true......beautifully put, , , , , (Report)Reply

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