Ever read Baudelaire's "Flowers of Evil"?
Arguably 19th century verse at its absolute best and undeniably groundbreaking but also steeped in tradition to the extent that you'd probably appreciate it. IIRC you have a hang up about reading poetry translations and I understand that but Jackson & Marthiel Mathews put together an incredible edition with 40 different translators which seems like the perfect approach for someone like ol' Grumpy Chuck. The title is apt- genuinely beautiful but also downright nasty. Maybe look for a copy the next time you're at the bookstore.