Allegory and the Weather of Time
Théophile Gautier’s “Vieux de la Vieille” [Napoleonic Grunts] is read as the source of the allegorical specters of Baudelaire’s “Les Sept Vieillards” [The Seven Old Men], and this poem undergoes close reading as a manifestation of time in the form of an atmospherics of everyday city life. Similarly “A une Passante” [To a Passer-By] personifies the weather of time as the devastating revelation of the chiasmic structure of the universe.
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