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The Flowers of Evil

The collection of poems "The Flowers of Evil", written by Charles Baudelaire, appeared in 1857. Baudelaire worked on it for a little more than ten years, publishing first the poems which compose the work in various reviews.

The great poet manifests in this work his suffering, hopes, fears and degeneration. Two opposite states co-exist in it: spleen (meaning melancholy) and the ideal, that is to say beauty. When it was published, the collection, containing the poem "The Albatross", set off a scandal and was condemned for "insult to public morality and acceptable standards of proper behavior".

The collection was republished in 1861 with the suppression of six forbidden texts. "The Flowers of Evil" is one of most cornerstones of modern poetry.

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