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Charles Baudelaire

Paris may change, but in my melancholy mood
Nothing has budged! New palaces, blocks, scaffoldings,
Old neighborhoods, are allegorical for me
And my dear memories are heavier than stone.

– Charles Baudelaire, from “The Swan,” The Flowers of Evil. Translated by James McGowan, (Oxford University Press May 15, 2008) Originally published 1857.


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