Paris Spleen, 1869 Setting & Symbolism

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Parisappears in Paris Spleen

Paris is the main setting of the majority of the poems within this collection, especially the poorer areas of the city. Baudelaire uses an existential outlook on his surroundings to capture the beauty of life in the modern city.

Natureappears in The Artist's Confiteor

The artist is so drawn to the beautiful autumn that Nature creates that he praises it and wants to create a work to emulate it; however, he realizes that his work will pale in comparison to reality. Nature outdoes the artist before he even tries.

Roomappears in The Double Room

The narrator sees beautiful colors and muted patterns while in the presence of the Idol. A knock at the door wakes him from his dreaming reverie to reveal his dusty room with stained windows and a calendar marked with publishing deadlines...

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