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Baudelaire published his first poem book in 1839 This date is encounters the first movements of modernist period The philosophy of the time affected Baudelaires style People was tired of the strict disciplined and excessively reason based rules of the time and the acceptation of the reality of human desires was the new subject of the times author Baudelaire deals with the evil side of the humanity however he goes beyond to think that human is the combination of the good and evil and he describe man as a wholly evil creature In this point of view he can be considered as a misanthrope He does not make any distinction between himself and the rest of human kind and self-hatred can be seen in his poems In his poem To the Reader the same pessimistic atmosphere is dominant The poem displays the warped sides of human kind Emotionless sexual desires sadism violence obsession and the dirty wishes of human nature is claimed in very hateful way in this poem These features are united with a kind of devil which people are creating in themselves to be provoked by it At the last part of the poem BOREDOM is represented as the worst enemy for humankind In this poem Baudelaire directly addresses to his readers to all human kind puts himself and the other people in the same place Baudelaire has a very masochist way of expressing his ideas He is like vomiting his anger to himself and to human kind He uses so strong words to express his intensive feelings that sometimes they are irritating and excessive but still in a perfect harmony with the atmosphere of the poem The poem begins with four words which are the subject of the poem These words do not appear in the poem again however the whole poem deals with these Infatuation sadism lust avarice are the inevitable elements of human nature Consciously or
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