Exploring The Waste Land
A note page linked from The Waste Land, Part I, line 60

Eliot's note for line 60

Cf. Baudelaire:

Fourmillante cité, cité pleine de rêves,
Où le spectre en plein jour raccroche le passant.

Commentator's note

Eliot means compare Part I, line 60

60)  Unreal City,

to Charles Baudelaire's poem Les Sept Viellards (The Seven Old Men), one of the poems in the collection Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil).

The lines quoted by Eliot can be translated as:

Swarming city, city full of dreams
Where the spector in full daylight accosts the passerby.

The Exploring The Waste Land website has a copy of Les Sept Viellards in French and English translation.

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T 12 - Baudelaire, Charles

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