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Baudelaire, Charles - My Beatrice

Identifier

000305

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

The 'pitted place' is the spiritual world.

A description of the experience

From My Beatrice – Charles Baudelaire translated by Robert Lowell

While I was walking in a pitted place
Crying aloud against the human race
Letting thoughts ramble here and there apart –
Knives singing on the whetstone of my heart –
I saw a cloud descending on my head
In the full noon, a cloud inhabited
By black devils, sharp, humped, inquisitive
As dwarfs.  They knew where I was sensitive
Now idling there, and looked me up and down,
As cool delinquents watch a madman clown
I heard them laugh and snicker blasphemies
While swapping signs and blinking with their eyes.

The source of the experience

Baudelaire, Charles

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Demons

Symbols

Clouds
Noon

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Drinking absinthe

Suppressions

Cannabis and marijuana
Laudanum
Making love

Commonsteps

References