BAUDELAIRE & ELIOT -- artists suspended over an abyss
"Baudelaire had a distinct distaste for the advocates of optimism, for those who denied the existence of evil or who justified it, or for those who dissimulated it under concepts of evolution and racial perfectibility."
To form some idea of Baudelaire and his essential kinship with Eliot, please read the brief but comprehensive Introduction (pp. 1-15) to
Flowers of evil and other works by Charles Baudelaire
Courier Dover Publications, 1992