Sunday, October 25, 2015

Baudelaire drunk on poetry

Charles Baudelaire drunk on poetry
Charles Baudelaire, self-portrait, 1848,
in Baudelaire: A Study by Arthur Symons, 1918.
Drawing modified 2015 by Terri Guillemets,
using Cameran Collage iPod touch app.

“Be always drunken. Nothing else matters: that is the only question. If you would not feel the horrible burden of Time weighing on your shoulders and crushing you to the earth, be drunken continually.

“Drunken with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you will. But be drunken.

“And if sometimes, on the stairs of a palace, or on the green side of a ditch, or in the dreary solitude of your own room, you should awaken and the drunkenness be half or wholly slipped away from you, ask of the wind, or of the wave, or of the star, or of the bird, or of the clock, of whatever flies, or sighs, or rocks, or sings, or speaks, ask what hour it is; and the wind, wave, star, bird, clock, will answer you: ‘It is the hour to be drunken! Be drunken, if you would not be martyred slaves of Time; be drunken continually! With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you will.’”

—Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867), “Be Drunken,” translated from French by Arthur Symons

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