In these lines of Baudelaire:
in which the inattentive reader sees only a cascade of words, I see the perfect definition of the work of art. I take each one of these words separately, next I admire the garland they form and the effect of their conjunction; for no one of them is useless and each of them is exactly in its place. I should quite willingly take them as titles of the successive chapters of a treatise on æsthetics:
- Order (logic, reasonable disposition of the parts);
- Beauty (line, dash, profile of the work);
- Luxury (disciplined richness);
- Calm (tranquilization of the tumult);
- Voluptuousness (sensuality, adorable charm of matter, attractiveness).
André Gide – Journal 1918 (Detached Pages)