THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Charles Baudelaire Literary Criticism

Une Charogne

A paper by Reuven Tsur, a Professor Emeritus at Tel Aviv University, presenting a detailed close reading of this poem, involving an exploration and application of the aesthetic models of Aristotle, Addison, Lessing, Coleridge and others.

Recueillement

A close reading of this sonnet by Reuven Tsur, analyzing the effects of organising principles, such as Baudelaire's use of contrasts, symmetries and patterns, with reference to the ideas of literary critic Maud Bodkin and comparisons with Coleridge.

Hymne

In this paper Reuven Tsur considers this poem as being "on the verge of the cheap cliche and the masterpiece", a claim substantiated through a close reading.