Thursday, January 19, 2006

Poe was not only the father of the modern horror story, but a great source of inspiration for the Symbolists. His gothic sensibility certainly made an impression on Charles Baudelaire, who penned the definitive translations of Poe's works.

The Raven - Edgar Allan Poe

Le Corbeau - traduction de Ch. Baudelaire

Bonus! Une autre traduction par Mallarmé! (Never saw this one before - great to learn something new.)


Pablo said...

Weren't you going to quote Lovecraft on Poe?

"Poet and critic by nature and supreme attainment, logician and philosopher by taste and mannerism, Poe was by no means immune from defects and affectations. His pretence to profound and obscure scholarship, his blundering ventures in stilted and laboured pseudo-humor, and his often vitriolic outbursts of critical prejudice must all be recognized and forgiven. Beyond and above them, and dwarfing them to insignificance, was a master's vision of the terror that stalks about and within us, and the worm that writhes and slavers in the hideously close abyss. Penetrating to every festering horror in the gaily painted mockery called existence, and in the solemn masquerade called human thought and feeling, that vision had power to project itself in blackly magical crystallisations and transmutations; till there bloomed in the sterile America of the thirties and forties such a moon-nourished garden of gorgeous poison fungi as not even the nether slopes of Saturn might boast."

Be said...

Changed my mind? But thanks?