Thermidor Fun Fact Day Thirty-Six: Baudelaire and regicide remorse?

Baudelaire’s poem, “L’Irréparable” (The Irreparable) sounds an awful lot like the slogan of royalists and émigrés of the 1790s. Here is the first stanza of the poem. Match up the meaning of the stanza with the royalist slogan below.

Pouvons-nous étouffer le vieux, le long Remords,
Qui vit, s’agite et se tortille,
Et se nourrit de nous comme le vers des morts,
Comme du chêne la chenille?
Pouvons-nous étouffer l’implacable Remords?

–Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du mal (1857)

a. “Fais ce que voudras.”
b. “Oublier n’est pas pardonner.”
c. “Carpe diem. ”
d. “Familles, je vous hais.”

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