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Charles Pierre Baudelaire (April 9, 1821 – August 31, 1867) was a
French poet who produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and
pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. His most famous work, Les
Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil), expresses the changing nature of
beauty in modern, industrializing Paris during the 19th century.
Baudelaire's highly original style of prose-poetry influenced a whole
generation of poets including Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud and
Stéphane Mallarmé among many others. He is credited with coining the
term "modernity" (modernité) to designate the fleeting, ephemeral
experience of life in an urban metropolis, and the responsibility art
has to capture that experience.
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