reading through FDM criticism
But to emphasize the indulgent physicality of Les Fleurs du Mal is not to suggest that this is a poetry which is only skin-deep. On the contrary, no poet has delved in greater depth into the extremism of the human passions: to uncover the obsessions, the treacherous undercurrents, the destructive deviations, the sophisticated compromises. No poet has refined more courageously the study of the psyche: partly through the fluctuating moods of drugs in a kind of connaissance par les gouffres, but essentially through the more versatile self-exploration of poetry, probing the ambiguities, confronting the censored and the half-confessed, bringing to light the hidden layers, the threatened frontiers and the points of conflict.
~Peter Broome, "Baudelaire's Poetic Patterns: The Secret Language of Les Fleurs Du Mal"
Will probably have more to say later. But don't quote me on that.