ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
ALIPURDUAR MAHILA MAHAVIDYALAYA
Baudelaire’s ‘Les Fleurs du Mal’ is possibly one of the most debated collection of poems in the poetic world. The French poet who heralded modernism in poetry could successfully open a new vista in poetic criticism through his relentless description of dark, shabby and negative aspects of human life.
Imagination in Baudelaire’s writing attains a separate height which makes his poems venomous and at once symbolically critical. A unique blend of rejection of earthly life and optimism for a ‘new’ future lies hidden in Baudelaire’s poetry.
Keywords: Dark, Les Fleurs du Mal, nothingness, negation, optimism.