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Class work – Reflection of “Baudelaire and Modernity”

Baudelaire, he was called “a renegade poet, a syphilitic art critic, a disaffected and alienated student”. His famous collection of poems “Les Fleurs Du Mal” is also a collection of modernity thoughts.

In the time of modernity’s born, his poem is a great revolt. These poems didn’t praise the beauty and good things, they describe nothingness and spite.

In this article, it described the “Heroism of modern life”. It’s his great challenge to the whole society which needs to be changed, and finally, he succeeded form “looking for the artists who could capture modernité or the pulse of his own time”.

Baudelaire’s thought influenced modernism art creating. It gave everyone a conclusion: the creation of modern life, the poems, the paintings – they could be used to describe ugly things, normal things, even everything happened around.

It reminds me to connect this situation with Nietzsche’s famous theory, “Gott ist tot”, the age of “the last men”, the “Twilight of the idols”… The normal code from Christian was collapsed at that time, which brought people new thoughts of “themselves”. This is “modernity, the ephemeral, the fugitive, the contingent, the half of art whose other half is the eternal and the immutable…”

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