"April is the Cruelest Month"

At Open Culture: T.S. Eliot reads from "The Wasteland"

Nice to hear it from the poet.  "I will show you fear in a handful of dust. . ."

And hearing it, I had forgotten the quotation from Baudelaire:

from "Au Lecteur"
Charles Baudelaire

C'est l'Ennui!—l'oeil chargé d'un pleur involontaire,
Il rêve d'échafauds en fumant son houka.
Tu le connais, lecteur, ce monstre délicat,
—Hypocrite lecteur,—mon semblable,—mon frère!
Ennui! That monster frail!—With eye wherein
A chance tear gleams, he dreams of gibbets, while
Smoking his hookah, with a dainty smile. . .
—You know him, reader,—hypocrite,—my twin!
(Three poems available here.)


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