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"In his essay on Dante, Eliot writes that he learned from Baudelaire how to use the city in his poetry to evoke a sense of an urban hell in the modern world. Baudelaire revealed [...] 'the possibility of fusion between the sordidly realistic and the phantasmagoric, the possibility of the juxtaposition of the matter-of-fact and the fantastic.'"
— Richard Lehan, The City in Literature (info)