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How can I identify the traces of Symbolism in " A Carcass" by Charles Baudelaire?

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shahrzadeh | Student | (Level 1) Honors

Posted January 6, 2010 at 1:33 AM via web

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How can I identify the traces of Symbolism in " A Carcass" by Charles Baudelaire?

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted January 14, 2010 at 11:42 PM (Answer #1)

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This poem is one of Baudelaire's "corpse poems" from a larger work THE FLOWERS OF EVIL. In the poem, the speaker is taking a stroll with his lover when he comes upon the carcass. In order to explore the symbolism of this poem, ask yourself what the carcass might stand for. Also note the use of contrasts in the poem (a hint to the symbolism) - it is a beautiful spring morning, and yet the speaker comes upon a decaying carcass. See the link below for a helpful discussion of this poem if you get stuck, but I hope you will think it through yourself first! If you speak French, I highly recommend you read the poem in the original French - so beautiful in its use of language.

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