Charles Baudelaire AKA Charles Pierre Baudelaire
France 1821 – 1867
Students: Arthur Rimbaud ; Paul Verlaine; Stéphane Mallarmé; Auguste Poulet Malassis; Victor Hugo; Rainer Maria Rilke; T.S. Eliot; Marcel Proust ; Théodore de Banville; James MacManus, author of Black Venus; Dr. Enid Starkie; Walter Benjamin, author of “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”; Arthur Symons; H. P. Lovecraft;
Author; poetry; Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil), 1857, including Les Litanies de Satan aka The Litanies of Satan, a very Promethean Luciferian Light Bringer version of the Devil; 'Les Paradis Artificiels' ;
Quotes: "O you, the wisest and fairest of the Angels, God betrayed by destiny and deprived of praise, O Satan, take pity on my long misery! O Prince of Exile, you who have been wronged
And who vanquished always rise up again more strong,
O Satan, take pity on my long misery!
You who know all, great king of hidden things, The familiar healer of human sufferings,
O Satan, take pity on my long misery!" ...
"Glory and praise to Thee, Satan, on high, Where Thou didst reign, in Hell where Thou dost lie, Vanquished, silent, dreaming eternally. Grant that my soul some day rest close to Thee" , perhaps an inspiration for H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu, sleeping under the Ocean in R'lyeh , ( "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" ("In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.")
Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Baudelaire; http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/b#a1947 ; http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/05/07/baudelaire-s-femme-fatale-muse.html ; listen to him in French, a few in English at http://librivox.org/author/888 ; http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/01/heavens-gaits ; http://fleursdumal.org/poem/191 ;