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Baudelaire and the Art of Memory$
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J. A. Hiddleston

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159322

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159322.001.0001

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Language and Rhetoric

Language and Rhetoric

(p.252) 7 Language and Rhetoric
Baudelaire and the Art of Memory

J. A. Hiddleston

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that there is no one text that synthesizes Baudelaire's thinking. To enter fully into Baudelaire's mental universe, it is important to read his criticism in the light of his poetic practice and appreciate the extent to which they complement each other, ranging as they do over a great diversity of subject matter, and from the heights of ‘les beaux jours de l'esprit’ to the most poignant questioning of the validity of art and the function of the artist.

Keywords:   art criticism, creative writing, poetry, Baudelaire

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