Paris Spleen, 1869 Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What is the "Introduction" to this collection of poems?

The "Introduction" to this collection of poems is an essay that outlines the poet's past achievements. It also explains how the poet's better known works tend to skew his abilities as a poet.

2. Why does Baudelaire include "To Arsène Houssaye" in this collection of poems?

"To Arsène Houssaye" is a letter Baudelaire wrote to his editor explaining his intent with writing these poems. He includes it to show the reader his purpose behind this collection.

3. What are the voices discussing in "The Foreigner"?

Two voices in "The Foreigner" are discussing love. One voice asks the other about certain well-loved things like friends, family, and money. The other voice always replies that they do not love anything.

4. Why does "The Foreigner" end with a comment about clouds?

"The Foreigner" ends with a comment about clouds because the one voice admits that they love clouds and the way they move in the sky.

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