Charles Baudelaire

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Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867) was a controversial French poet and critic, called "the father of modern criticism". He wrote Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil). His style was Dark romanticism, in the same vein as Edgar Allan Poe, who influenced his work and of whose work he translated into French.

Baudelaire was a strong supporter of the Romantic painter Eugene Delacroix; he called him "a poet in painting".

His exact views on God were often vague, but he was famously quoted as saying, "God is the only being who does not need to exist in order to reign".

"Romanticism is precisely situated neither in choice of subject nor in exact truth, but in a way of feeling."

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