The Poetry of Villon and Baudelaire is a comparative reading of Francois Villon's and Charles Baudelaire's poetry. Despite the intervening centuries, these works are analogous in a number of ways. More than a collection of verses, the Lais, the Testament, and Les Fleurs du Mal share an overarching design. They evoke a poetic universe where life in the world is opposed to the spiritual and the poetically transcendent. This study elucidates the affinities by examining the poets' treatment of certain themes: temporality, physical constraint, deterioration, death, putrefaction, and the danse macabre.
The Author: Robert R. Daniel is Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He received his Ph.D. in French from Vanderbilt University, where he held a Research Assistantship in the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire Studies. He has published one article on Baudelaire and contributed to annual Baudelaire bibliographies. His research interests include the danse macabre and non-canonical authors of the Romantic period.
Robert R. Daniel
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Currents in Comparative Romance Languages & Literatures