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The Nature of MelancholyFrom Aristotle to Kristeva$
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Jennifer Radden

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151657

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151657.001.0001

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“Autumn Song” and “Spleen”

“Autumn Song” and “Spleen”


(p.231) 21 “Autumn Song” and “Spleen”
The Nature of Melancholy

Jennifer Radden

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses two poems by Charles Baudelaire, “Autumn Song” and “Spleen.” A French poet of the Romantic era, Baudelaire lived between 1821 and 1867. His short life was troubled and erratic, and in his lifetime he published only one volume of poems, Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil). He was troubled, moody, rebellious, and given to religious mysticism. His life was marked by Bohemian excesses, illness, and despondent and despairing mood states such as conveyed in the two hauntingly sad poems reproduced here.

Keywords:   Charles Baudelaire, mysticism, French poets, poetry

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