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A narcissist who has absolute confidence in his own aesthetic sense. He had created his own ideal world by gathering up negative spiritual energy in his own poetry anthology "The Flowers of Evil". He stands out because of his haughty insolence, but before the writer he reveres, Edgar Allan Poe, he becomes so civil that he seems like a different person. It seems he thinks of Rimbaud, fellow French poet, as a younger brother.


  • Charles Baudelaire was born in Paris, France, on 9 April 1821.[1]
  • Baudelaire hated his step-father, Lieutenant Colonel Jacques Aupick, as he considered the man to be strict and cold. Baudelaire never forgave his mother for the marriage and this event destroyed Baudelaire's relationship with his mother. [2]
  • His step-father was a supporter of Bonaparte, which Baudelaire hated since he considered himself a socialist. During the Revolutions of 1848, Baudelaire would be involved with the revolutionaries and climbed the barricade, during this time he would ask people to rally behind him and oust his step-father from his current position.[2]
  • After his stepfather passed away in 1857, Baudelaire felt joy and hoped that the division between him and his mother can be mended, in one of his letters he would write to her: "believe that I belong to you absolutely, and that I belong only to you."[2]
  • Baudelaire was considered to be part of the Decadent movement along with Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine, and Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly.
  • Baudelaire believes that literature should be detached from the concept of morality or science, instead that works of literature is intended for the Beauty and not for the Truth. [3]
  • Baudelaire is credited with creating the term "modernity", a term defined as the “ephemeral, the fugitive, the contingent half of art” which serves to elucidate the “eternal and the immutable”. [4]
  • Through his life, Baudelaire has lived in over fourty homes to escape creditors and debt collectors. [5][6][7][8]
  • Baudelaire was known to be a fan of Absinthe, in the poem Poison from The Flowers of Evil, he ranks the drink to be above wine and opium, describing it as “None of which equals the poison welling up in your eyes that show me my poor soul reversed, my dreams throng to drink at those green distorting pools."[9]
  • Two months of after the release of The Flowers of Evil, Baudelaire was persecuted for "offence to religious morality". At the end he was fined 300 francs and six poems were banned from publication.[10]
  • The six poems which were banned from publication are Lesbos, Femmes damnées (À la pâle clarté), Le Léthé, À celle qui est trop gaie, Les Bijoux, and Les Métamorphoses du Vampire. The poems were not allowed to be put into publication until 1949 when the ban was lifted.[10]
  • By the end of his life, Baudelaire experienced aphasia and received last rites from the Catholic Church. He spent the last two years of life in a half-paralyzed state then dying on 31 August 1867. After he passed away his mother paid his debt and had commented on Baudelaire's fame: "I see that my son, for all his faults, has his place in literature."[2]


  1. Paris Birth Records Archive (Page 34)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Richardson. Joanna, "Baudelaire: The Life of Charles Baudelaire"
  3. "La poésie ne peut pas, sous peine de mort ou de défaillance, s'assimiler à la science ou à la morale ; elle n'a pas la Vérité pour objet, elle n'a qu'Elle-même". - C. Baudelaire, Notice sur Edgar Poe.
  4. Charles Baudelaire, "The Painter of Modern Life" in The Painter of Modern Life and Other Essays, edited and translated by Jonathan Mayne. London: Phaidon Press, 13.
  5. Claude Pichois and Jean Ziegler, Baudelaire.
  6. Fayard, 2005; original edition 1987);
  7. Claude Delarue, Baudelaire, l'enfant idiot (Belfond, 1997)
  8. François Porché, La vie douloureuse de Charles Baudelaire (Plon, 1926)
  9. Baudelaire, Charles. Les Fleurs du Mal. 1857
  10. 10.0 10.1 Documents sur le procès des Fleurs du mal. Wikisource FR