Arthur Rimbaud is remembered as much for his volatile personality and tumultuous life as he is for his writings, most of which he produced before the age of eighteen. This book brings together his poetry, prose, and letters, including "The Drunken Boat," "The Orphans' New Year," "After the Flood," and "A Season in Hell," considered by many to be his. Complete Works is div...more
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Considered the greatest of French poets by many, his verses were made even more remarkable by the dangerous philosophy of...more
For example, Fowlie translates the line, "O Lune ou l'esprit de nos Soeurs mortes se plait" to the near-unintelligible "O Moon where the spirit of our dead Sisters like being." "Like being"? That barely makes sense, and it certainly doesn't come approach the delicate musical...more
That idol, black eyes and yellow mop, without parents or court,
nobler than Mexican and Flemish fables;
his domain, insolent azure and verdure,
runs over beaches called by the shipless waves,
names ferociously Greek, Slav, Celt.
At the border of the forest-- dream flowers tinkle, flash, and flare,--
the girl with orange lips, knees
crossed in the clear flood that gushes from the fields,
nakedness shaded, traversed, dressed by rainbow, flora, sea.
Ladies who stroll on terraces adjacent to the sea;
scratched, ripped off his own flesh,
Bloody, raw, completely blunt, pure,
everything and nothing
All is clear in the violent red
In the blood, in the teeth, in the aggression, in the claws
He has ripped away all his flesh
until he reaches his heart
As he writes
He is savagely ripping, biting, tearing
apart his very essence,
his beating heart
He is dying and living
Ripping and panting and breathing and biting
There is blood
So much blood
“It’s true,” he continued, “and what’s more their visions and stale, acrostic styles have left my heart cystic as a bloated gin blossom, a dense and troubling nausea which sinks below the belly of a black, spasmod...more
So I got this to pop up on recommendations from the all knowing goodreads :) thanks to loving Charles Baudelaire (who I love, love, LOVE). Therefore, if it is anything like his mad inspiring prose I know I shall be a fan. I am excited to sit down later and dive in. :)
a little later..
It was free it was for me...and then reality hit. I downloaded the FREE ebook off goodreads to find it to be a non-english translation. Highly irritated and disapp...more
And then I discovered Rimbaud.
The thing about Rimbaud is that you can't read his poetry without knowing at least some of his backstory. His religious upbringing. His frequent rebellions and escapes. His affair with Paul Verlaine. And then, most amazing of all, the fact that he stopped writing poetry before he hit 21.
This collection is of everything that Rimbaud wrote, and he wrote it all at...more
Child-poet, Rimbaud stopped writing altogether at aroun...more
Poetry is indeed untranslatable but as the exiled poet says in Tarkovsky's "Nostalghia": "Communication is possible but we have to communicate through states rather than words". Rimbaud opens the doors into such states. But you have to be ready for what you will find.
His journals were too rambling, unfocused to enjoy.
It is unfortunate that he only wrote for about 5 years. People were not interested in his writing. He h...more
الترجمة فى لغة جميلة رقراقة ، مع أمانة للنص الأصلى مما يجعل من الكتاب الذى وصلنى فى مهجرى حديثا ، المرجع الأخير بالعربية لهذا الشاعر الذى أصبح ايقونة هامة فى الشعر العالمى
Skoro sve ostalo u ovom izdanju (Poslednji stihovi, Pustinje ljubavi, Jevanđelske proze, Boravak u paklu, Iluminacije, Zezački album, San, Dva pisma) je neki drugačiji Rembo, onaj koji polako odustaje od poezije, od potrage za *vidovitošću*, onaj koji razgovara sa samim sobom (tako je trebalo i da ostane).
Čitajući ono što su pisci...more
An hour later I was still on the floor of the bookstore, late to my appointment, and...more
i need to say that i am a middling poet (at the least, a...more