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Charles Baudelaire generally portrays women negatively in his poetry They are described as ambiguous and extremely difficult to understand His fascination with making everything that is seen as beautiful into something ugly manifests itself in his writing Baudelaires aim is to transfer that which is thought of as revolting into beauty and that which is seen as beautiful into something horrid I will start by giving examples of certain poems in which this is true and later I will examine the reasons for this passiveness and hatred towards women The poem a celle qui est trop gaie starts off very gently using stereotypical imagery of women eg flowers beautiful landscapes the sky etc By verse five the tone changes dramatically and Budelaire becomes sarcastic dark thoughts prevail Now he hates flowers and he destroys them He wants to keep the woman in his room and make a hole inside her where he can inject his venom thereby killing her a travers ces levres nouvelles plus eclatantes et plus belles tinfuser mon venin ma soeur Baudelaires aim is to shock the reader he combines the romantic from the 19th century romanticism movement with the gothic In the poem le serpent qui danse Baudelaire describes a woman as having a head of a child which is carried by an elephant this suggests heaviness and ugliness ta tete denfant sa balance avec la mollesse dun jeune elephant He later changes this unattractive description into something positive why shouldnt an elephant be beautiful Baudelaire toys with this idea of aesthetic beauty his aim is to be unconventional He believes that there is more to beauty than meets the eye As mentioned previously he wants to turn everything that is previously thought of as unattractive into something beautiful This poem is a perfect demonstration of his desire to achieve this This brings me to the next poem entitled la Beaute
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