Charles Baudelaire was an innovative French poet, his poems striking new ground in poetry because of his portrayal of amazing imagery, and tackling of complicated and hereto taboo subjects. Charles Baudelaire was described by his fellow poet, Arthur Rimbaud as the ‘King of Poets’, an immense tribute to Baudelaire who struggled to be recognised in his own lifetime, and also struggled against drugs, alcohol and poverty.
L'Homme et la Mer
Dans le déroulement infini de sa lame,
Et ton esprit n’est pas un gouffre moins amer.
Se distrait quelquefois de sa propre rumeur
Au bruit de cette plainte indomptable et sauvage.
O mer, nul ne connaît tes richesses intimes,
Tant vous êtes jaloux de garder vos secrets!
Tellement vous aimez le carnage et la mort,
O lutteurs éternels, o frères implacables!
Man and the Sea
In the infinite progression of its groundswell,
And your spirit is an abyss which is no less bitter.
Sometimes is distracted from its own journey
By the noise of this invincible and savage conflict.
O Sea, no one knows your intimate riches,
You are so jealous in keeping your secrets!
You love so much carnage and death,
O eternal fighters, O implacable brothers!