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Book Title: The Painter Of Modern Life And Other Essays|
The size of the: 4.30 MB
Edition: Da Capo Press
Date of issue: 1986
The author of the book: Charles Baudelaire
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780306802799
Read full description of the books The Painter Of Modern Life And Other Essays:I enjoyed reading this- Baudelaire's poetic fondness for the life of the dandy finds a new home in art criticism. Baudelaire implores his peers to understand the strange and pure spirit behind great art. He also esteems the life of the dandy in its own right rather than as a consolation prize for non-aristocratic birth. Baudelaire is anything but a modern humanist and his beliefs would be unacceptable today. He relentlessly reviles the liberal politics of the French revolution and prefers to keep a subjugated underclass in place to preserve the sanctity of great art. He believes that people are born into privileged situations so that they can amass their great spiritual potential through prodigious art.
I found Baudillaire’s essay on the Essence of Laughter well worth my time. In this essay, he distinguishes between the significant and absolute comic, which differ in the profundity of their exaggerations. The significant comic observes human folly in everyday routine and reproduces these situations to draw innocent and child-like laughter, something similar to modern slapstick. Baudillare prefers the absolute comic- whose exaggeration of human cruelty goes deeper than slapstick and exposes the darker qualities of the human spirit. The absolute comic masters a motif of the grotesque which compels an audience to erupt into satanic laughter, a cosmic affect of the superiority felt from observing the misfortunes of others. We can consider Baudillaire's absolute comic a puissant hero if he/she uses satanic laughter to expose the injustices in society
Read information about the authorCharles Pierre Baudelaire was a 19th century French poet, translator, and literary and art critic whose reputation rests primarily on Les Fleurs du Mal; (1857; The Flowers of Evil) which was perhaps the most important and influential poetry collection published in Europe in the 19th century. Similarly, his Petits poèmes en prose (1868; "Little Prose Poems") was the most successful and innovative early experiment in prose poetry of the time.
Known for his highly controversial, and often dark poetry, as well as his translation of the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Baudelaire's life was filled with drama and strife, from financial disaster to being prosecuted for obscenity and blasphemy. Long after his death many look upon his name as representing depravity and vice. Others see him as being the poet of modern civilization, seeming to speak directly to the 20th century.
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