TITLE

ALCHEMIES OF MODERN EXPERIMENTATION IN WRITING: LEOPARDI, BAUDELAIRE, AND THE DISTILLATION OF WINE SYMBOLISM

AUTHOR(S)
MAYER-ROBIN, CARMEN
PUB. DATE
January 2008
SOURCE
Romance Notes;2008, Vol. 48 Issue 2, p185
SOURCE TYPE
Review
DOC. TYPE
Poetry Review
ABSTRACT
The article explores the symbolism of wine in the works of poets Giacomo Leopardi and Charles Baudelaire. In Leopardi's poem "Zibaldone," wine is shown as useful for vitality and rejuvenation and healing the sick. It is an elixir for transcendence. For Baudelaire, wine and other "stupéfiants" are seen as purveyors of artificial paradises bordering on hallucination. The author sees this as reflecting the changing attitudes about alcohol in society at the time.
ACCESSION #
43328977

 

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