Objective: In "To Arsène Houssaye", Baudelaire explains that this collection of poems is without heads or tails. He says that the poems have great value, but, at the same time, he criticizes his own work. The objective of this lesson is to examine Baudelaire's letter to his editor in terms of contradictions.
1) Think-Pair-Share - Students will respond to the following: What is a contradiction? Can you give an example of one? Students will share their work with a partner and combine their answers. Pairs will then share this response with the class.
2) Class discussion - Who is Arsène Houssaye? Why does Baudelaire include this letter before the collection begins? What does Baudelaire say his inspiration is for this collection of poetry? Why does Baudelaire say this collection is without heads or tails? How does Baudelaire describe this set of work compared to his other works...
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