Modern poetry begins with Charles Baudelaire (1821-67), who employed his
unequalled technical mastery to create the shadowy, desperately dramatic
urban landscape -- populated by the addicted and the damned -- which so
compellingly mirrors our modern condition. Deeply though darkly spiritual,
titanic in the changes he wrought, Baudelaire looms over all the work,
great and small, created in his wake.

Charles Baudelaire—Baudelaire

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