Loser's Guide to Life
|Fred MacMurray was a brilliant Cesare.|
The poet addresses Satan as a merciful angel:
Toi dont la large main cache les précipices
Au somnambule errant au bord des édifices
That is an arresting idea. I used to think how it's fairly easy to walk on a narrow board suspended six feet off the ground or so, but if it were at a great height, you'd be seized by terror and fall off. So the trick, as usual, is not to mind.
I think Baudelaire might have been talking about someone who had been hypnotized, however, which was a big subject around that time. From here there is some sort of connection to Cesare, the sleepwalker confined to a trunk in “The Cabinet of Dr Caligari”. And then you have your various Golems, of course.
Labels: Baudelaire's Interests