The Poet:-

Charles Baudelaire is a French author and poet with many poems to his name; he lived forty six years on earth between 1821 and 1867. One among his notable poetry works is Les Fleurs Du Mal (The Flowers Of Evil)


Lets look at the denotation of Music by Baudelaire. The poem gives a detailed experience of sailing; it talks about the foggy experience on the sea, the endless view of the sea, the waves waging war against the ship, the continuous sound of the ropes against the rigged mast of the ship, the calmness of the seas (which metaphorical was likened to a mirror). At the opening of the poem, the poet likened himself to a ship and likened music to a sailing experience on the sea. Music lifts the poet the same way the sea lifts the ship. has also analyzed other poems about sailing:

A review of one of his poem “The Jewels” goes thus: “The principal development of the poem follows a seduction scene in which the woman seduces, and thus psychologically dominates, the poet. The stage is set during the first two quatrains while the woman remains relatively passive. The poet is attracted to her, but his attention remains focused on her jewels. The only indication that the woman already controls the situation comes in the first line, where she is said to wear the jewels because…” [See the detail review of The Jewels]


The themes evident in the poem are (i) the memorable experience of sailing (ii) the beautiful impacts of music.
Structurally, it must be said that the poem has a sea setting though the title and introduction depict music. it is a four stanza poem where the first line rhymes with the third line to portray an end rhyming scheme of ABAB ABAB. The first stanza contains four lines, the second stanza contains four lines, the third stanza contains three lines and fourth stanza contains three lines.
To summarize by each stanza, the stanza 1 says of how music is like sailing a ship, the stanza 2 further says of the poet push through music like

a ship pushing through waves. In stanza 3, the passion heightened but stanza 4 described how the passion finally wanes gradually like a ship moving on a calm sea.

The poetic devices are simile in line 1 “Music doth uplift me like a sea”. Alliteration in line 2 “my planet pale”. Imagery (of sight) in line 3 “through dark fogs and heaven’s infinity”. Personification in line 5 “With breast advanced, drinking the winds that flee”. Metonymy in line 11 “Cradled by gentle winds” which means to be rocked like a baby.

Other Interest Analysis:

(1) Analysis Of Become The Journey By Femi Osofisan

(2) Analysis Of Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night By Dylan Thomas

(3) Theme of Mistake in Dr Heidegger’s Experiment by Nathaniel Hawthorne

(4) Summary Of Discord In Childhood By D. H. Lawrence

Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry 
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