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"Correspondances" by Charles Baudelaire in Deconstruction

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"Correspondances" by Charles Baudelaire

Paul de Man performs a famous close reading of this sonnet in his essay "Anthropomorphism and Trope in Lyric." It's a tough text, but de Man was never one to shy away from difficulty. Fittingly, then, de Man interprets Baudelaire's poem as about the difficulty that lyric poetry has in getting beyond itself—to the "truth" that it is so often promises.

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