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What the poet wished, doubtless was to seem to be always in the poetic attitude; what the reader sees is a gentleman in a painful-looking posture, staring very hard at a mass of things from which, more intelligently, we avert our heads. To hold that art and morality are two perfectly different things is childish, and any artist must feel that.

The French critic also reproached Baudelaire with being passionless, a judgment that certainly requires correction. His sweetness of passion, of which the poets who have succeeded him have so little, is a more precious property than their superior science. His attitude towards the couple shows that he was not interested in biographical or anecdotal facts for their own sake but for the light they throw on the process by which private experience can be aesthetically assimilated and transmuted into a work of art.

In fact, James rather disliked personal revelations; they often struck him as a typically French lack of delicacy and of modesty. The English, he writes in a review dated , are very different from the French on that point and they do not discuss their physical features with the same freedom and complacency. Everything with him was a matter of images, of colours.

But if he was a good painter he was a poor moralist. The poet himself had the most modest pretensions so that James never refused him his admiration. We do not really react upon natural impressions and assert our independence, until these impressions have been absorbed into our moral life and become a mysterious part of moral passion. Poor Gautier seems to stand forever in the chill external air which blows over the surface of things; above his brilliant horizon there peeped no friendly refuge of truth purely intellectual where he could rake over the embers of philosophy and rest his tired eyes among the shadows of the unembodied.

Reviewing two translations, Winter in Russia in and Constantinople in , James notices that the vividness, the fantasy, the incisiveness evaporate in the English version.

Formal revolution in the work of baudelaire and flaubert

Provided the reader does not look for information in Winter in Russia he is sure to enjoy the book because Gautier can use his eyes far better than other people and can make him see things that would undoubtedly escape him. He was charming, delightful; he knew the French colour-box better than anyone, yet he had too few ideas to be considered as one of the first.

He did not write for pleasure but for subsistance and was chained to the newspapers:. It was often done in the printing-office on the edge of a smutted table, with a dozen people talking; but there is never a case in which the reader of the finished article is not free to fancy it may have been excogitated in luxurious leisure, amid the fumes of a perfumed pipe, by a genius in a Persian dressing-gown reclining under a bower of roses.

But formal perfection can never compensate for the absence of life and of moral sensibility. Too prone to prove and to demonstrate, neither a pure aesthete nor a very deep psychologist, and an ideologist rather than an idealist, Hugo represented all that most irritated James in France: national conceit, theorizing, absence of humour. The poet appealed to the French taste for bombast and to their innate love of the grandiose. France occasionally produces individuals who express the national conceit with a transcendent fatuity which is not elsewhere to be matched.

A foreign resident in the country may speak upon this point with feeling; it makes him extremely uncomfortable. Such persons desire to enjoy in a tranquil and rational manner the various succulent fruits of French civilization, but they have no fancy for being committed to perpetual genuflections and prostrations. If they could, he says, the result would be most favourable to their intellectual health. The ironical summary of the novel leaves no doubt as to what the reviewer thought of its author.

It offended his taste for conciseness and perfection of form. As a poet he was very unequal, and if he produced things of extraordinary beauty James particularly notices the pieces about children he also committed gross and extravagant faults. Besides, he had no sense of humour and as a philosopher had nothing of the smallest consequence to say. Only later, when he no longer wrote about them, did James begin to see these two poets in a more favourable light.

But his first reaction is extremely significant. Edgar Allan Poe. Bestselling Series. Harry Potter.

Popular Features. New Releases. Free delivery worldwide. Expected to be delivered to Germany by Christmas. Description In Formal Revolution in the Work of Baudelaire and Flaubert, Kathryn Oliver Mills argues that despite the enduring celebrity of Baudelaire and Flaubert, their significance to modern art has been miscast and misunderstood. To date, literary criticism has paid insufficient attention to these authors' literary form and their socio-cultural context. In addition, critical literature has not always adequately integrated individual works to each author's broader oeuvre: on the one hand critics do not often maintain rigorous distinctions among texts when discussing Baudelaire and Flaubert, and on the other hand scholars of Baudelaire and Flaubert have not consistently considered the relationship of individual texts to either writer's corpus.

Addressing these lacunae in scholarship, Mills puts forth the argument that Baudelaire's collection of prose poems, Le Spleen de Paris, and Flaubert's short, poetic tales, Trois contes, best embody the modern aesthetic that Baudelaire develops in Le Peintre de la vie moderne and that Flaubert elaborates in his correspondence.

Formal Revolution places these relatively less well-known but last published works in relationship with the artistic goals of their authors, showing that Baudelaire and Flaubert were both acutely aware of the need to launch a new form of literature in order to literally "come to terms with" the dramatic changes transforming the nineteenth-century into the Modern Age.

More specifically, Formal Revolution demonstrates that for Baudelaire and Flaubert the formal project of fusing prose with poetry-as poetic prose in the case of Flaubert, as poetry in prose in the case of Baudelaire-was crucial to their mission of "painting modern life. The modernity of Baudelaire and Flaubert, still relevant today but often taken for granted, needs to be reexamined in light of the cultural, formal, and contextual considerations that inform Formal Revolution in the Work of Baudelaire and Flaubert.

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Formal revolution in the work of baudelaire and flaubert Gustave Flaubert, recently attacked in a similar fashion for Madame Bovary.