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Collected Poems with Plain Prose Translations of Each Poem

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brRimbaud is the enfant terrible of French literature, the precocious genius whose extraordinary poetry is revolutionary in its visionary, hallucinatory content and its often liberated forms. He wrote all his poems between the ages of about fifteen and twenty-one, after which he turned his back on family, friends, and France to roam the world. In his final years he was a t ...more
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MJ Nicholls
My forays into the canonical French poets continues with Rimbaud’s collected works. Poems 1869-1871 collects his “early” verses—all politicised fury, snotty swagger and clunky line breaks. Assorted Scribbles (not its real title) collects his vulgar heretical rants, cheeky fantasies and anti-other-poet slapdowns. A Season in Hell reads like the ravings of a melodramatic teenager after his first dumping in the McDonald’s car park. Illuminations is an incredibly mature, visionary work of symbolist ...more
Eadweard
Aug 22, 2015 Eadweard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great poems, specially the angsty ones. A Season In Hell was also great.



"What I liked were absurd paintings, decorations over doorways, stage scenery, travelling fairs’ backcloths, inn-signs, cheap coloured prints; literature gone out of fashion, church Latin, erotic books with bad spelling, novels our grandmothers used to read, fairy-tales, little books for children, old operas, meaningless refrains, crude rhythms.

I dreamed of crusades, unlogged journeys of discovery, republics with no histor
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Garrett Dunnington
Arthur Rimbaud is not known for being sensible, but that is what makes it a beautiful read. One line I remember goes like, "And the moon beams dribbled on her breast." That's completely esoteric! Whether you don't understand it or you do, Rimbaud is a fine treat.
Richard Lodge
Feb 28, 2012 Richard Lodge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mine been like Verlaine's and Rimbaud ... The tumbling world of a strange genius. If this doesn't inspire you, you are probably dead.

Ipsita Debashree
Arthur Rimbaud embodies the spirit of spurned ideology and exuberant rebellion. To read these brilliant and extraordinary poems written by such a young poet (he wrote all his poems in a span of 4 years, abandoning poetry when he was just 21 years old) is a sublime experience.

A Season in Hell, Illuminations and The Deserts of Love are my favourites. I skimmed through Album Zutique and The Stupra due to their explicit aggression. Poems (1869-1871) consists of some excellent poems such as Nina Answ
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meow_meow
Mar 04, 2015 meow_meow marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Poetry's not my strongest point when it comes to reading, but for the sake of Arthur Rimbaud I will try once more. :) I wish I was able to get a copy (a physical one) of A Season In Hell, but the heck, wasn't able to find (a cheap) one, so I ended up buying this one instead.

Let's see if I can manage to get out of this one unscathed, and with a fresh new perspective in poetry.
Nikki
Dec 22, 2012 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, poetry
I can translate French well enough that I could grasp some of this, though I have no prior experience with other French poetry of the period. What I understood was gorgeous -- and the prose translations underneath did help, despite being, well, prosaic.

I'm going to keep working on understanding this fully...
Susan Jane McLeod
Apr 22, 2013 Susan Jane McLeod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Rimbaud. It's beautiful in French and English as well. The translators did a great job. But sometimes, like Baudelaire, his poetry is too raw and psychologically violent for me. They are both great poets though, extremely influential.
Mr_wormwood
Jun 17, 2014 Mr_wormwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was a real treat to read all of Rimbaud's major works in one go. Fantastic imagery. now i feel a need to read some Baudelaire.
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French poet and adventurer, who stopped writing verse at the age of 21, and became after his early death an inextricable myth in French gay life. Rimbaud's poetry, partially written in free verse, is characterized by dramatic and imaginative vision. "I say that one must be a visionary - that one must make oneself a VISIONARY." His works are among the most original in the Symbolist movement. Rimbau ...more
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