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A Comparison and Contrast of Nature BY Professor Liberman 4-02-99 In the Nineteenth century Realism Naturalism and Symbolism were popular modes of expression by writers of that era Such modes of expression were the use of nature in their writings Two poets that really stand out among the rest are Charles Baudelaire 1821-1867 and Paul Verlaine 1844-1896 Baudelaire was referred to by many as the first Modern Poet and the father of modern criticism Verlaine like Baudelaire was a symbolist poet he was also French and referred to as the Prince of Poets Both these poets touch on nature in their poems It was in Baudelaires Song of Autumn I and Verlaines Autumn Song that similarities and differences were most evident Their views of autumn had melodramatic view of death and at the same time can contrast with one another Throughout this paper I will discuss the parallelism and divergence between these two poems In Baudelaires first stanza of Song of Autumn I he explains how the end of summer is near and the weather will become cold He starts the reader off in the end of summer Soon we shall plunge into the chilly fogs Farewell Swift light Our summers are too short line 1-2 pg 1151 Baudelaire then begins to explain the chopping down of the trees to gather firewood This idea of the rhythmic thump firewood being delivered is repeated throughout his poem In Verlaines Autumn Song the first stanza is told in a very monotonous tone much like the first stanza of Song of autumn Verlaine talks about long sobs and the feeling he has in heart what he describing is the end of summer and begging of the gloomy season of autumn This is exactly the same that Baudelaire describes in his first stanza Verlaine difference in this stanza is that he starts the poem already in autumn whereas Bauderlaire starts his poem in
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