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Poet Lives

Baudelaire and the Poetics of Modernity edited by Patricia A. Ward, James S. Patty (Vanderbilt University Press) Charles Baudelaire, possibly the most influential author of nineteenth-century France , created a poetics of modernity and a thematics of the city; he transcended genre by moving between poetry and prose. He is also the most accessible of modern French poets to an American readership. These essays examine Baudelaire's poetics and the complex relationship between the poet and his twentieth-century literary heirs, including Rene Char, Yves Bonnefoy, and Michel Deguy. The contributors, who include Deguy and Bonnefoy, are all distinguished writers or critics noted for their own poetry or for their scholarship on Baudelaire and in French studies. Their essays go to the heart of what makes Baudelaire so important: his modernity and his influence from the very beginning on other poets, including those outside of France . The essays are written in English, with citations from Baudelaire and other sources in both French and English.

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