Little Poems in Prose

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The Teitan Press, Inc., 1995 - Poetry - 132 pages
 

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Contents

The Stranger
1
The Despair of the Old Woman
3
The Artists Confession
4
Tlie Double Room
7
Everyone has His Chimera
10
The Court Fool and the Venus
12
The Dog and the Flask
13
The Bad Glazier
14
T7ie Generous Gamester
70
TheRope
75
The Joys of the Soul
80
TheThyrsus
85
IntoxicateYourself
87
Already
88
Windows
90
The Desire of Painting
91

One OClock in the Morning
18
The Wild Woman and the Spoilt Darling
20
Crowds
23
Widows
25
The Old Mountebank
29
The Cake
32
The Clock
35
A World in a Mane
37
WillYou Come with Me?
39
Tlie Poor Mans Toy
42
The Fairy Gifts
44
The Temptations or Love Riches and Glory
47
The Twilight of Even
51
Solitude
55
Plans
58
Beautiful Dorothy
59
Poor FolksEyes
61
An Heroic Death
63
Base Coinage
68
The Moons Gift
93
Which is the True One?
95
Thoroughbred
97
The Mirror
98
The Harbor
99
Portraits of Mistresses
101
The Polite Gunner
107
The Soup and the Clouds
108
The Cemetery and the ShootingGallery
109
A Lost Halo
111
Miss Bistouri
112
Anywhere Anywhere Out of the World
117
Death to the Poor
120
In Praise of Good Dogs
123
Epilogue
128
EDITORIAL NOTES
129
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
131
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About the author (1995)

Charles Baudelaire, 1821 - 1867 Charles Baudelaire had perhaps had an immeasurable impact on modern poetry. He was born on April 9, 1821, to Joseph-Francois Baudelaire and Caroline Archimbaut Dufays in Paris. He was educated first at a military boarding school and then the College Louis-le-Grand, where he was later expelled in 1839. Baudelaire then began to study law, at the Ecole de Droit in Paris, but devoted most of his time to debauchery. After an abortive trip to the East, he settled in Paris and lived on an inheritance from his much despised step father, while he wrote poetry. During this period he met Jeanne Duval, a mulatto with whom he fell in love with and who became the "Black Venus," the muse behind some of his most powerful erotic verse. Baudelaire strove to portray sensual experiences and moods through complex imagery and classical form, avoiding sentimentality and objective description. Thus he profoundly influenced the later French symbolist writers, including Mallarme and Rimbaud, and such English-language poets as Yeats, Eliot, and Stevens. With much of his inheritance squandered, Baudelaire turned to journalism, especially art and literary criticism, the first of which were "Les Salons". Here he discovered the work of Edgar Allan Poe, which became an influence on his own poetry. While continuing to write unpublished verse, Baudelaire became famous as critic and translator of Poe. This reputation enabled Baudelaire to publish his most famous collection of poetry, "Les Fleurs du Mal" (The Flowers of Evil) in 1857. The result was an obscenity trial and the banning of six of the poems. Though he continued to write journalism with some success, he became increasingly depressed and pessimistic. Baudelaire attempted suicide in 1845, an attempt to get attention, and became minorly involved in the French Revolution. Today Baudelaire's work is considered the "last brilliant summation of romanticism, precursor of symbolism and the first expression of modern techniques". It was his originality that set him apart and ultimately proved to be his end. Baudelaire died, apparently from complications of syphilis, on August 31, 1867, in Paris.

Aleister Crowley was born Edward Alexander Crowley in Leamington Spa, England on October 12, 1875. His parents belonged to the Plymouth Brethren, a strict fundamentalist Christian sect, so he was raised with a thorough knowledge of the Bible. He attended Trinity College at Cambridge University, but left before completing his degree. He became a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, an occult society which taught magic, qabalah, alchemy, tarot, and astrology, in 1898, but the group disbanded in 1900. In 1903, he married Rose Kelly, who began entering trance states and sending him messages from Horus, an Egyptian god. These messages formed the first three chapters of The Book of the Law, which introduced Crowley's main concept of Thelema. He founded his own occult society. He was a prolific writer, who published works on a wide variety of topics. His works include The Book of Thoth, The Vision and the Voice, 777 and Other Qabalistic Writings, The Book of Lies, Little Essays Toward Truth, and The Confessions of Aleister Crowley. He also wrote fiction including plays, novels, and poems. His fictional works include Moonchild, Diary of a Drug Fiend, The Stratagem and Other Stories, White Stains, Clouds without Water, and Hymn to Pan. Three of his compositions, The Quest, The Neophyte, and The Rose and the Cross were included in the 1917 collection The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. He died on December 1, 1947 at the age of 72.

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