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By Jean-Paul Sartre

Sartre’s research of Baudelaire is among the extra superb achievements of contemporary feedback. We might usually disagree together with his interpretations of the poet’s character, yet we can't fail to ask yourself on the mastery with which he offers his case. it's the case, particularly patently, of an Existentialist who needs to psychoanalyze a paramount literary determine by way of his personal ideals. might be Sartre’s maximum contribution to Existentialism has been his personal character. He made it a residing philosophy, giving it his unique mind's eye, his penchant for controversy, and principally his bold. He became abstractions like lifestyles and Being, Freedom and Nature, right into a idea of psychoanalysis, grounded in man’s creativity and against Freudian determinism. Then he placed the speculation into perform during this e-book on Baudelaire. Baudelaire: guy of shadows, opium-addict, dandy, frigid disciple of volupté; after which the best lyric poet of the age. Sartre lays naked the “lunar panorama of this distressed soul." We see Baudelaire, with anguished intelligence, picking and arranging his personal evil future, juggling the values of a global on the turning element of contemporary instances.

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We feel that it was of capital, of metaphysical importance for him. The final judgment for which he was waiting was a consecration of his life. If his mother were to die before the ceremony took place, Baudelaire's life would be ruined; it would go on in a completely haphazard manner, would suddenly be invaded by the appalling gratuitousness which he rejected with all his strength. But if on the contrary the day came when she declared that she was satisfied, she would have set her seal on his tormented existence.

Jacques Crépet to the Conard edition. They contain all existing letters written from 1833 to 1859. ) 29 It must not be supposed that he felt useless because he was a young bourgeois without a profession who at the age of twenty-four was still supported by his family. On the contrary, if he did not take up a profession, if he refused in advance to show the slightest interest in every form of business, it was because he had already made up his mind that he was completely useless. ' The contradiction came from his sudden changes of mood.

Naturally I don't want to have to put his word against a tradesman's. '15 Such was the rhythm of action in Baudelaire: an exaggerated violence in conception as though this were necessary to give him the strength to act; sudden explosiveness at the beginning of the operation—then, suddenly, his lucidity returned: What's the good of it? He turned away from his own plan of action which rapidly disintegrated. For his basic attitude prevented him from carrying out any lengthy undertaking. Thus his life gives the impression of being a series of jerks and clashes and, at the same time, of being monotonous.

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