The next section, "Critical Contexts," offers four essays on the historical, philosophical, and social milieu of Baudelaire’s work, including the editor’s examination of the critical reception of Baudelaire’s poetry. This offers the reader a better understanding of the context of not only when Baudelaire was writing, but why. These two sections together provide a well-rounded picture of Baudelaire and his environment, which gives the reader and critic alike a meaningful but not overwhelming depth of detail.
Section 3, "Critical Readings," gets down to the business of evaluating, assessing, and critiquing Baudelaire’s work from a variety of viewpoints and approaches, from the poet’s relationship with Poe’s work, artistic influences (e.g., songs and art, symbolism, individual works of the poet), a comparison of three translations, cultural linguistics, and ethics. This broad approach offers students of Baudelaire more than just variety; they reveal the universal and penetrating talent of the poet himself. The final section offers a chronology and listing of works by Baudelaire, a bibliography of resources, and details about the editor and contributing authors. It also contains an impressive index.
...Critical Insights: The Poetry of Baudelaire packs a critical and useful punch...It is highly recommended for academic libraries with strong literature and creative writing program."