Linvitation Au Voyage English Analysis Essay

This song, set to a Baudelaire text, is a showpiece for Duparc's greatest strengths -- an ability to combine voice and accompaniment into a true partnership, vivid mood setting, the expression of sensuality, and a never-overused gift for lyricism. In the song, a lover invites his beloved to come with him to a place that resembles her, a beautiful place where there is nothing but "order and beauty, luxury, calm, and voluptuousness." These lines, which are repeated as a type of refrain, are almost breathlessly sensual in the voice, but in the accompaniment there is an uneasy stirring underneath. The lover describes the mysterious place in a sometimes restrained lyricism that occasionally rises to passionate declaration, while the accompaniment again counter-balances it, whether with a repeated rippling effect or the heavy chords that somewhat darken the tone. The transitions from one mood to another are very smooth and natural, so much so that the final mood is a combination of light and dark, rather than just a contrast.

This poem, unlike the others has a sense of hope. It's actually quite upbeat and playful compared to the others in the volume, and it's a welcome change. What we have here would be considered by some to be a love poem. A man and his woman........ he promises her everything, and yet expects and waits for what he believes are the gifts due him in return for that love. The woman is to provide him with the mystery he sees in the nature around him; the delicate flower, ect.

At first read, you may see this romantic notion as a glimpse of heaven, but that's simply not possible when you really look at the words. Pleasure in the eyes of the poet alludes to the certainty that it somehow includes the forbidden. Physical pleasure won't exist in Heaven, as our entrance and existence there will be based on our spiritual rather than physical selves. But unlike the illusions in other pieces from this volume it isn't hell either. He peaks of "loving til death," which means he can't be in hell for he hasn't died. The voyage seems to have taken the couple to a paradise on Earth, a haven for sinners who indulge in the "sins of the flesh." Some say Baudelaire was inspired by a journey to India when he wrote this, and that is very possible. Regardless, it isn't what it seems until you really take it a part line by line.

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