Posted by: Rajesh Shukla | January 23, 2012

Playing pool

Liu Liguo: Playing Pool

The delight of the urban poet is love—not at first sight, but at last sight. It is a farewell forever which coincides in the poem with the moment of enchantment. Thus the sonnet supplies the figure of shock, indeed of catastrophe. But the nature of the poet’s emotions has been affected as well. What makes his body contract in a tremor—crispé comme un extravagant, Baudelaire says—is not the rapture of a man whose every fiber is suffused with eros; it is, rather, like the kind of sexual shock that can beset a lonely man. The fact that “these verses could only have been written in a big city,” as Thibaudet put it, is not very meaningful. They reveal the stigmata which life in a metropolis inflicts upon love.
–Benjamin in Charles Baudelaire: A Lyric Poet in the Era of
High Capitalism

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