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Baudelaire was a 19th century French poet who desired to write poetry in prose form often challenging other authors to do so Benjamin 165 He finally took on this ambitious objective himself when he wrote the book Twenty Prose Poems The book consists of poetry without rhythm or rhyme This seems to fit Baudelaires style almost perfectly because he often wrote controversial and unexplainable poetry Many of the poems have an initial meaning visible to the reader at first glance However some poems serve a greater purpose This extra meaning comes from difficult images Baudelaire carefully constructs This image or idea of a greater purpose is also evident in The Great Cat Massacre by Robert Darnton The cats being killed in the essay represent more than just that fact alone It represents the lower class getting back at the upper class and proving that the cats life meant more to them than the peoples lives in the working class Similarly in Charles Baudelaires poem Which is the True One a perplexing image is created The poems character says to add emphasis to his refusal he struck the ground so violently with his foot that his leg sank knee-deep into the fresh soil and like a wolf caught in a trap he remains attached for ever perhaps to the grave of the ideal Baudelaire 61 What is the reason for his refusal Why is he furious Why is his refusal so intense Is he unable to free himself or just unwilling He tells us with all upper case letters ONCE he knew a girl twice It was he who buried her and utters his furious reply No No No three times before he violently strikes the ground with his foot Baudelaire 61 Baudelaire leaves the reader with this disturbing image of the man with his leg stuck knee-deep in the fresh dirt of his Benedictas grave Why he cant remove his leg is explained throughout the
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