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charles baudelaire: other than being a visionary poet who threatened the very essence of french society through his writing—which has been influential on pretty much every poet since him—baudelaire took part in working-class uprisings and in the resistance to the bonapartist military coup. also... baudelaire was a flâneur (without which no concept of dérive would exist (says me!)!!).

the crowd is his element, as the air is that of birds and water of fishes. his passion and his profession are to become one flesh with the crowd. for the perfect flâneur, for the passionate spectator, it is an immense joy to set up house in the heart of the multitude, amid the ebb and flow of movement, in the midst of the fugitive and the infinite. —baudelaire

of course i'll add arthur rimbaud (shut up, "buT hE lAtEr trAdED cOffEE fROm Africa!1!" guy), percy shelley (shut up, "bUt hE sTarTed wItH fAmILY wEALth!1!" guy), and (obvs) mary wollstonecraft to the list. also thumbs up to the anon that mentioned kafka and wilde in the same list. let's be frens.

yay poets! :D