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Record 21212

Reading Experience:

Poems transcribed in E. M. Forster's Commonplace Book (1943) include Stefan George's verses opening 'Du schlank und rein wie eine flamme,' and Baudelaire's 'Hymne' ('A la tres-chere, a la tres-belle'), with accompanying comment: 'The George and the Baudelaire above express, the one with studied starkness, the other with studied affectation, the masculine and feminine of the same idealism [...] Given over to habits of comfort, I feel insincere when I enjoy these poems. They are not for me or for anyone who is not prepared to sacrifice comfort.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1943 and 25 Jul 1943
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Edward Morgan Forster
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1 Jan 1879
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Charles Baudelaire
Title: 'Hymne' ('A la tres-chere, a la tres-belle')
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: No. VI in 'Supplement aux Fleurs du Mal,' 1929 edition of Les Fleurs du Mal, ed. Edouard Maynial
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 21212  
Source - Print  
  Author: E. M. Forster
  Editor: Philip Gardner
  Title: Commonplace Book
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1985
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 158
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: E. M. Forster, Philip Gardner (ed.), Commonplace Book (London, 1985), p. 158,, accessed: 22 February 2024

Additional comments:

See p.329 for source ed.'s notes on background to first publication of text, and translation.



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