Charles Baudelaire: Petits poèmes en prose [Short Prose Poems]

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Charles Baudelaire's Petits Poèmes en Prose (also known as Le Spleen de Paris) is a collection of fifty prose poems published posthumously in 1869, over a year after the poet's death. Although Baudelaire had been preparing this collection for publication, he never finalized the ordering or even the exact list of poems to include; moreover, what is now regarded as the preface to the poems was in reality a simple cover letter that accompanied a small group of titles the poet had earlier submitted to a magazine.

Given this somewhat rough and incomplete state, it is surprising how such a slender volume should rise to the stature it has today, for the Petits Poèmes en prose<…

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Carpenter, Scott. "Petits poèmes en prose". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 May 2008
[, accessed 26 November 2015.]