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By Baudelaire, Charles; Baudelaire, Charles; Marchi, Dudley M

This booklet complements our realizing of France and the us by means of targeting their intercultural family members. Baudelaire and Emerson have on the center in their considering the very inspiration of ways to reconcile person and collective adventure, a subject that's pervasive in French-American kinfolk. A historic standpoint to modern concerns concerning the French-American connection is helping us to come back to phrases with the various urgent difficulties at the moment dealing with France and the U.S. and to view a few key literary texts in a brand new gentle

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He follows Emerson’s exhortations toward the doctrine of self-reliance: “Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation” (II, 83) with his own premise, “avant tout, être un grand homme et un saint pour soi-même” (I, 665). We see Baudelaire, ambivalent, even spiteful in his earlier commentaries on American writers, now desperately trying to order his life around principles established by one of them, who was a near antithesis of Poe.

Imprisoned by the shackles of the bourgeois hegemony, censorship, legal sanctions, and poverty, his writing during this time becomes transgressive. qxd 6/6/2011 4:12 PM Page 20 20 contrary affinities on the shiny boulevards in the shadows of Napoleon III’s inequitable social agenda. Haussmann’s systematic beautification of Paris displaced the working classes and led to even more social alienation than was in existence before the 1848 revolution. Baudelaire diagnoses Paris’s class malaise and exposes the impasse of social inequality whose festering, long-term effects will erupt during the Paris Commune in 1871.

Qxd 6/6/2011 4:12 PM Page 29 baudelaire and emerson 29 ity and intoxication into all nature. It has a flute which sets the atoms of our frame in a dance” (Complete Works, VIII, 9). Other passages point to their consonant notions of “correspondences” and transcendentalism, such as the following: “The poet contemplates the central identity, sees it undulate and roll this way and that with divine flowings, through remotest things; and, following it, can detect essential resemblances in natures never before compared” (Complete Works, VIII, 10).

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