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Opening my copy of The Romantic Agony for the nth time brought up this passage:

"That poetry is like the arts of painting, cooking, and cosmetics in its ability to express every sensation of sweetness or bitterness, of beatitude or horror, by coupling a certain noun with a certain adjective, in analogy or contrast" unpublished preface to a 2nd preface of The Flowers of Evil--translation by Marthiel and Jackson Mathews.

French original:

Que la poésie se rattache aux arts de la peinture, de la cuisine et du cosmétique par la possibilité d’exprimer toute sensation de suavité ou d’amertume, de béatitude ou d’horreur, par l’accouplement de tel substantif avec tel adjectif, analogue ou contraire ;[1]

Beautiful isn't it, this trying to connect poetry to cuisine and cosmetics via adjectives and nouns in logical combinations, evoking diverse sentiments?

See also: literature and olfaction, synesthesia and literature, paragone, ekphrasis, Baudelaire on synesthesia in Artificial Paradises .

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