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Baudelaire - His Commitment to Ambivalence…

Baudelaire, in ‘Les Fleurs du Mal’, is Janus- like. He looks forwards, and he looks backwards. His verse forms are, on the whole, traditional- there is something mechanical yet macabre about his alexandrines, their eerie precision being intended to eat away, even painfully, into the consciousness. His form, his style, may be said to be of the past, but the actual content, with its explosive decadence, linked to a poisonous ambivalence, has its foot ferociously in the future-

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