Monument to Baudelaire
Throughout his adult life Baudelaire suffered from severe
bouts of depression and isolation - a condition which he
referred to as 'spleen'.
Much of Baudelaire's love poetry was inspired by his
relationship with Jeanne Duval - a mulatto woman who possessed beautiful
Baudelaire's poetry was a major influence on
the work of the
poets who included Mallarmé,
Verlaine, Laforgue and Arthur
Baudelaire is also remembered for his collection of
prose poems entitled Petit Poemes en prose (1869) and for
his translations of the tales of Edgar Allen Poe.
Baudelaire died of venereal disease in 1867 - a
condition which he
contacted as a young man.