Monday, January 16, 2012
Charles Baudelaire and Edgar Allan Poe
Reading Baudelaire's poetry after reading the head notes, I definitely felt that Poe and Baudelaire had many similarities. As the head notes point out, they both have this beautiful fascination with death and decay. However, judging from the works of Poe that we've read over the years, such as The Fall of the House of Usher and The Cask of Amontillado, I think that Poe had a more grim outlook and more developed fascination with evil. On the other hand, I may be making a false comparison, since with more thought (as I am writing this blog) I think the head notes really meant a comparison on the two authors solely in poetry. For example, Poe's poem "The Bells" shows the procession of life to death much like Baudelaire's "Spleen LXXVIII." Does Baudelaire's poetry remind you of any other poets we've read?