From: [log in to unmask]>Sara Trevisan
> There is a wonderful book with a whole chapter devoted to Baudelaire, Valéry, Poe -- it was
> written in Italian, but it's one of the best essays on Romanticism ever published.
> The title is -- "Flesh, Death and Devil in the Romantic Literature" by Mario Praz.
Isn't that Romantic Agony in English?
From Peter Montgomery:
> So what is it that Baudelaire, Valéry and Mallarmé liked so much about Poe?
> Could it have been his nterest in creating a work by starting at the end and
> working backwards -- the sleuh technique?
There is more, of course.
First of all, there's the Gothic thrill - a quality of English literature that the French tend to take more seriously than the Anglo-Saxons themselves.  
Poe was also a kindred spirit in that he too wrote against the grain of a society that was essentially materialistic and future-oriented. There is an obvious connection between Poe's fascination with the innate perversity of man and Baudelaire's insistence that sin was better than bourgeois mediocrity.
Poe's final fall in the gutter also increased his reputation among the poètes maudits.
It was precisley that Gothic/Satanist quality that Eliot wanted to rid the symbolist tradition of. He tried to rescue Baudelaire by  calling him a natural Christian, but he lost Poe in the manoeuvre.
Raphaël Ingelbien
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