Quotation by Charles Baudelaire

We have tried so hard to adulterate our hearts, and have so greatly abused the microscope to study the hideous excrescences and shameful warts which cover them and which we take pleasure in magnifying, that it is impossible for us to speak the language of other men.
Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867), French poet, critic. Samuel Cramer, in La Fanfarlo (1847), trans. 1986.

On poets of his generation.
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