fetishistic elements of Baudelaire’s depiction of the child at play. Focusing Baudelaire’s essay, “Morale du joujou,” begins with a staged scene of. Morale du joujou: suivi de: De l’essence du rire (French Edition) [Charles Baudelaire] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Ce texte, extrait. : Morale du Joujou & De l’essence du rire: Version illustrée (French Edition) eBook: Charles Baudelaire: Kindle Store.

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Then their hands will grip strongly at the gift, and they will flee from you like cats that take the morsels you have given them and eat far away, having learned to distrust man. Instead, here is what he watches:. jojou

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And the two children laugh morlae one another as brothers, with teeth of an equal whiteness. Undoubtedly, his parents thriftily captured the plaything themselves. However, this toy, that the slovenly child had irritated and agitated through shaking in its gated box, is a live rat. Fill in your details below or baudeliare an icon to log in: Although I first did a literal translation, I provide here another edition that takes some stylistic liberties.

You are commenting using your WordPress. An impartial eye would discover beauty in this dirty, spindly, and sooty child — using the eyes of a connoisseur to discover the ideal paints beneath the veneer of an outcast, and applying the repugnant patina of misery onto their canvas.


Instead, here is what he watches: I will give you an idea for innocent entertainment.

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On the other side of the gate, on the road between the nettles and the weeds, there is another joijou. If interested in the process of translation, I encourage you to take a look at it. The luxury, recklessness, and the habitual spectacle of wealth, makes these children appear so lovely that one would think them crafted from something different than the children of mediocrity or poverty.

Email required Address never made public. You will be able to see their eyes widen immeasurably. There, there is a beautiful and well-kempt child, dressed in coquettish country styled clothing. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. But the child does not occupy himself with his preferred toy.

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The poor child gives the rich one his favorite toy, who avidly examines it like a rare and unknown object. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Notify me of new comments via email. When you leave in the morning with the intention to stroll through the large streets, fill your pockets with small inventions, — those paper puppets moved by a single thread, the anvil-beating blacksmiths, the rider and his horse whose tail is bauelaire whistle — joujoh along the cabarets at baudelairf foot of the trees, give the toys in homage to the unknown children and poor that you encounter.


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The two worlds of the large street and the mansion are separated between a symbolic barrier. There joujoi so few amusements that are without guilt!

Morale du joujou

Lying on the grass beside him is a splendid plaything, looking as fresh as its master: The whiteness of a lovely sun-beaten house appears from behind the gate of a large garden on a road. At first, they will refuse to take it; they doubt their good luck.

This site uses cookies. I have translated it to English, although the original can be found in full with commentary in French here.

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