Thus far on BOB DYLAN AND BAUDELAIRE
- Bob Dylan And Charles Baudelaire
- Bob Dylan And Charles Baudelaire (Part II): The Jack Of Arts
- Bob Dylan and Charles Baudelaire Part III
- Dylan And The Devil
By Larrry Fyffe
The songs of Bob Dylan hold out a little more hope than do the dark poems of Charles Baudelaire.
Charles Baudelaire speaks of individual despair:
(Charles Baudelaire: The Assassin’s Wine)
Bob Dylan speaks of a world in despair:
Poet Arthur Rimbaud, influenced by Baudelaire, inverts and darkens children’s fairy tales and nursery rhymes – such as Charles Perrault’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’:
(Arthur Rimbaud: Being Beautious)
Charles Perrault’s ‘Boots In Boots’ is about a poor fellow who gets to marry a princess; the singer/songwiter plays around with another fairy tale by Perrault – ‘Cinderella’:
Baudelaire turns the biblical theme of Cain and Abel upside down:
(Baudelaire: Abel And Cain)
According to Baudelaire, the reasonable men of the Age Of The Enlightenment have shut God outside the Universe.
The hunchback in the above verse alludes to a Victor Hugo story.
Arthur Rimbaud refers to Shakespeare’s dark play – ‘Hamlet’:
(Arthur Rimbaud: Ophelia)
Dylan sings of metaphorical death-in-life:
The darkness in Symbolist poetry runs through many of Bob Dylan’s song lyrics – tempered a bit by the light thrown by Romantic Transcendental poems, and Christian gospel songs.
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