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A une passante taken from Baudelaires major work Les Fleurs du Mal appeared in 1857 In Baudelaires work symbolist poetry found its origins Although his poems at that time were found to be decadent the symbolist movement was the main literary stream until well into the 1890s The symbolist stream was founded in the late 19th century in France This literary stream encouraged writers to express their ideas feelings and values by means of symbols or suggestions rather than by direct statements As with almost all literary streams this movement again was a reaction to the movements such as romanticism realism and naturalism that were found in the years before this one came into being The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics defines symbolism as being the refinement of the art of the ambiguity to express the indeterminate in human sensibilities and in natural phenomena Furthermore symbolist poetry is very lyrical It does not make use of objective description whatsoever and it is very much anti-mimetic The sound is very important as well among its goals was to get as close as possible to music Recurring themes in symbolist poetry are mystery death decaying beauty melancholic landscapes and most importantly swans Besides being seen as the summum of beauty swans were the symbol of the poets alienation of his surroundings Charles Baudelaires poem is a symbolist poem in every way However in order to analyse this poem we must first look at its structure The poem has a nice flow however the rhythm is not very easy to distinguish since it is not entirely consistent However it flows very well La rue assourdissant autour de moi hurlait Longue mince en grand deuil douleur majestueuse Une femme passa dune main fastueuse Soulevant balancant le feston et lourlet As one can see the rhythm is not very clear but the flow gives it kind of a musical touch It is so musical because in the
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