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Charles Baudelaire (2014).

Baudelaire’s Collage Confession

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Charles Baudelaire (2014). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

Artist’s Confession (Cloud Poets Series)

How sharp is day’s end in autumn! Piercing to the point of pain. Because there are certain delicious sensations whose vagueness does not mute their intensity; and there is no shaper point than that of the Infinite.

What greater delight than to drown one’s gaze in the immensity of sky and sea! Solitude, silence, incomparable chastity of blue! Trembling on the horizon, a tiny sail, which by its minuteness and isolation mirrors my own irremediable existence; the swell’s monotonous melody; all things thinking through me or I thinking them (since the “I” loses itself quickly in the grandeur of reverie!); they think, I say, but musically and picturesquely, without quibbling, syllogisms, or deductions.

But these thoughts, whether they leave me or rush me along, soon become too intense. Energy within sensuousness provokes a malady and perceptible suffering. My overstrained nerves give out nothing but suffering, screaming vibrations.

And now the sky’s depth dismays me; its clarity exasperates me. The inanimate quality of the sea and the immutability of the spectacle revolt me. Ah! Must one suffer eternally, or eternally flee from beauty? Nature—pitiless enchantress, ever-victorious rival—leave me in peace! Stop tempting my pride, my desires! The study of Beauty is a duel in which the artist screams in terror before his defeat.

—from Paris Spleen by Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

Translated by Eric Edelman

All artwork, descriptions, translations, & other text [except for quotations] created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.


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Create With Joy January 21, 2014, 5:56 pm

Nice collage Eric!
Stop by and visit the Shadow Gazer!

Eric Edelman January 21, 2014, 6:37 pm

Thank you very much…will do!

Alissa Apel January 21, 2014, 5:59 pm

Such fun bright colors!

Eric Edelman January 21, 2014, 6:30 pm

Thanks very much, Alissa!

Diana @ Toronto Teacher Mom January 21, 2014, 8:20 pm

I’m really liking this Cloud Poet Series. Nicely done!

Eric Edelman January 21, 2014, 9:46 pm

Thank you very much, Diana!

Joyce January 21, 2014, 8:30 pm

I haven’t been able to post on your site in months, but I’ll give it another try.

Eric Edelman January 21, 2014, 9:37 pm

I’m sorry to hear that, Joyce. I apologize for the inconvenience also. No one else seems to have had trouble posting a linky here. Please let me know if you continue to have trouble with it. Thanks for letting me know!

self sagacity January 22, 2014, 1:12 am

I could use this for one of the ads for sure. Nice play of the vocabularies.

Eric Edelman January 22, 2014, 5:30 am

Thanks very much!

Gattina January 22, 2014, 1:32 am

Looks great !

Eric Edelman January 22, 2014, 5:31 am

Thank you very much, Gattina!

Daryl My Eyes January 22, 2014, 6:13 am

come see our snow

Eric Edelman January 22, 2014, 5:29 pm

Thanks, Daryl…will do!

Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly January 22, 2014, 6:54 am

I honed right in on the two words ‘eternally’ and ‘thinking’ =)
Thanks for your creative Wordless Wednesday posts that always keep us thinking and guessing, and using what’s left of our imagination too! 🙂

Eric Edelman January 22, 2014, 5:27 pm

Thank you very much for your visit and your kind comment, Tracy!

Kiks January 22, 2014, 10:54 am

how artistic 🙂 happy WW!

Eric Edelman January 22, 2014, 5:27 pm

Thanks very much, Kiks!

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