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Rimbaud Complete (Modern Library)

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Enduring icon of creativity, authenticity, and rebellion, and the subject of numerous new biographies, Arthur Rimbaud is one of the most repeatedly scrutinized literary figures of the last half-century. Yet almost thirty years have elapsed without a major new translation of his writings. Remedying this state of affairs is Rimbaud Complete, the first and only truly complete ...more
Hardcover, 656 pages
Published March 19th 2002 by Modern Library (first published 1870)
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Sebastienne Rimbaud
Mar 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
Shelves: poetry
English-language poetry, excepting maybe the contributions of the Beats, has remained largely untouched by the Rimbaud phantasmagoria - interestingly enough, his enfant terrible personality made him more influential among protopunk musicians than poets. However, anyone who's ventured even slightly into the realm of European verse has fallen beneath the vast shadow of Rimbaud.

Considered the greatest of French poets by many, his verses were made even more remarkable by the dangerous philosophy of
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thebest, poetry, 2011
rimbaud is comfort reading for the soul. i fell into reading him on accident, i was talking about poetry with a friend and he happened to mention that this was his favourite poet. and he told me all about rimbaud’s past, the tryst he had with paul verlaine, the religious upbringing he had and the curious fact that rimbaud stopped writing at 21. that he dropped everything to become a merchant and to run away from it all. my interest was piqued; there isn’t any way that it couldn’t be.

what strikes
ماهر Battuti
عشت سنوات كثيرة مع الشاعر المتمرد رامبو ، وقرأت أعماله كلها بالإنجليزية أولا ثم بالفرنسية ، وترحمت بعض قصائده ، ولكن هذا الكتاب للشاعر رفعت سلام قد أوفى بكل ما يريد القارئ العربى من احتواء لشعر رامبو .
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
Nik Kane
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I spent the summer of my 18th year in semi-voluntary exile on a tiny isle in the Adriatic. Of the few books I had room to pack I think two were different translations of Rimbaud and one was about him. I passed those four months drinking a lot, listening to a lot of Bob Marley, Bob Dylan and T-Rex, and reading Rimbaud constantly. These poems are so tied up in my mind with that period of time that I still can't read them without being instantaneously transported back there. Same with T-Rex's Elect ...more
Gray Side
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

كتاب مهم يشمل سيرة حياة الشاعر جان - نيكولاس آرثر رامبو، اضافة إلى صوره ورسائله لعائلته ومراسلاته مع صديقه الشاعر ڤيرلين، يضم الكتاب أعماله الشعرية الكاملة من كتاباته المدرسية إلى آخر أشعاره التي نشرت بعد اعتزاله المبكر للشعر. 

المترجم الشاعر رفعت سلام بذل كامل جهده في جمع أعماله الكاملة من المراجع الفرنسية وترتيبها زمنياً للقارىء مع مقدمة بسيطة لكل فترة، يتضح ذلك في تدرّج شاعرية رامبو من أشعاره المبكرة التي تميل للصوفية حتى انتقل إلى قصائده الأكثر تمرداً وجراءة بنفس التصوف والشفافية وهذا
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poetry has always been kinda dull to me. Some poetry is pretty, but I've never really seen the point to it.

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
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, poetry, favorites
Incredibly emotional and beautiful stuff.
Amy (Other Amy)
All I can think about this is that Rimbaud's work must really sing in French. Because this ... this is not good. It is not remotely great. This is the ranting of a teenage boy who did not want to grow up, did not want to be responsible. He insults his mother, but he always runs home to her. It seems to me that his reputation mostly rests on his shocking biography and his letters. (Of course, I recognize that timing is everything in literature; when he wrote, much of this must have seemed new and ...more
Petruccio Hambasket IV
"In this moment of awakening, I had a vision of purity! Through the mind we go to God!

What a crippling misfortune!"
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
He has cruelly, wildly, savagely, and oh, so beautifully
scratched, ripped off his own flesh,
his layers
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
M.L. Rio
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Rimbaud and I really enjoy Mason's translations; they're faithful without being inflexible.
Marwa Eletriby
Oct 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: شعر
العالم ظمآن للحب
كان لدينا
شيء ما في القلب
يشبه الحب
هذه الأسئلة الألف
التي تتفرع
لا تفضي في النهاية إلا
إلى السكر والجنون
ترجمة رفعت سلام فاتنة
لكن كثير من القصائد لم تمسَّني روحها
Jerry Landry
Jan 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rimbaud is one of those literary figures that I find myself coming back to from time to time and always developing a new fascination and affection for.
Arthur Rimbaud is my favorite poet and I was looking for a book with all his work. I was expecting it to be good. I was not expecting it to be THIS good.
The interventions elaborated by the author made it easier to understand the artistic evolution of he poet, his youth and influences. In the last period of his life Rimbaud gave up on poetry and the book is more a biography composed of letter, business plans, pain and sickness. (view spoiler)
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantabulous
I discovered Rimbaud in High School, and since then his tormented and garroulous spirit have inspired me and I find myself returning to his prose and poetry often......this is a complete collection of his work, edited by Wyatt Mason; and I still read this like it was new and fresh to me. His words and wording bring up not just images, but an illusion that is immediately recognizable and relatable. This book is divided according to periods of his life, but every piece could stand alone. I find in ...more
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rimbaud's writing is very beautiful (of course) and very sad. However, Fowlie's translation is entirely unpoetic. His French is quite advanced but based on this translation, he has no sense of rhythm or gift for compression.

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
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have very fond memories of finding Rimbaud. I was killing time in one of my favorite small bookstores before I was to meet friends and wound up in front of the poetry shelf on the second floor. His name sounded familiar to me from all my reading on Bob Dylan, and the wonderful movie "I'm Not There" where A.R. is played by Ben Whishaw ("R-I-M-B-A-U-D"), so I picked this volume off the shelf and started reading.

An hour later I was still on the floor of the bookstore, late to my appointment, and
محمد الحمراوي
لابد من الإشادة بالمجهود الذي بذله الشاعر الكبير "رفعت سلام" في ترجمة هذا العمل قبل كل شئ ، فقصائد رامبو أرهقت كل من تتبعها بحثاً وتحقيقاً ، وهذا لأنه لم ينشر أي من دواوينه ، سوى "فصل في الجحيم" الذي صدر تحت إشرافه وعلى نفقته الخاصة ، أما البقية فهي نتاج بحث الآخرين ، وعلى رأسهم صديقه "فيرلن" ، وجدير بالذكر أن قصائده إحتاجت من الوقت والمجهود الكثير للوقوف على الوثائق الأصلية التي تثبتها لصاحبها .

رامبو الشاب الذي كتب كل قصائده قبل أن يتم عامه الحادي والعشرين ، يبدو متأثراً بمشاعره الشابة ، التي
Fatma Mohamed Tawfik
قرأت الكتاب في أقل من شهر _من نهاية مارس وحتى نهاية أبريل 2013_ ولم يبق فيه سوى 100 صفحة ثم انقطعت عنه ولم أستطع العودة إليه حتى الآن

أنظر له على جانب مكتبتي بشيء من الخجل والاشتياق والشعور بالذنب

عن الكتاب لن أحكي كثيراً، مجهود رفعت سلام الجبار _والذي يحرقني شوقاً لقراءة كتابه عن كفافيس_ وأسلوب رامبو وحياته المنعكسة عليه، قوة ، عنفوان، عذوبة، عربدة وتهكم وضياع.. والنهاية الحزينة للغاية.

سأعطي الكتاب حتى أكمل قراءته أو أقرأه في وقت آخر 4 نجمات من خمس.
Gene Wagendorf III
Sep 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Poetry students
Shelves: poetry
The best collection of Rimbaud's work I've read. Presents several translations of his work and justifies/explains why and how the editor got to the one they chose. Also includes some really great excerpts from Rimbaud's school notebooks, poems and little blurbs, that you won't find anywhere else.
Jul 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the most elegant way I can say it is, good shit.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So it turns out I've been quoting Arthur Rimbaud before I even knew who he was.
Rimbaud is another key writer in the origin story for lots of twentieth century writers and it's easy to see why. Like Baudelaire, Rimbaud is a key part of the transition from traditional to modernism.
I'm going to focus on A Season in Hell because - there's no competition - it's his greatest work and is basically the bible and everything after it is the extended edition. It reminded me of Inferno, it was Surreal bef
Having been reading Rimbaud on and off, en deux langues, for many years, it was good to get the complete account of the man's life and works, from his early, decidedly teenage work up until his more thoroughly batshit, proto-surrealist mature work, the kind that smart 17 year olds continue to read because they heard Jim Morrison talk about it an interview. And especially for this sort of work, the translation technique matters massively. The translator illustrates the two competing schools of th ...more
J.M. Hushour
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always remarked, it's remarkable that Rimbaud wrote most of his poetry, almost all of it, in fact, before he was 20 years old, spending the rest of his life traveling the world and selling coffee. Which is even more incredible because he really is an outstanding poet, well ahead of his time and setting the groundwork for Surrealism and symbolism and all kinds of avant-garde crap. The puzzling thing is how, why? But that hardly matters, since we'll never know.
As for the poetry, it's brash and
BC Batcheshire
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I suppose I'll never tire of this perfect rebel or the purity of his abandon and passion. Still the ultimate poet, in my heart.
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rimbaud is definitely what Zarathustra envisioned when proclaiming his love for "He who writes with blood". Breathtaking stuff. Rimbaud sublimates the intense angst of youth into staggeringly schizophrenic images—the fecund verdancy and surreal scenic-atmospheric aesthetic of Illuminations, the nightmarish hellfire of A Season In Hell, the waggish flirtations and puerile yearning for affection in A Heart Under a Cassock—, the product of an explosion of igneous introversion.

On the technical side
David M.
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although I'm far than fluent in French, the translation of this volume of Rimbaud's poetry is quite suspicious. Again, to be fair, this is my first reading of the poet's works, apart from a reading of "The Drunken Boat" in a World Literature class, but right from the start the translator engages in a pretension of the worst kind. "This is my Rimbaud", he openly admits, and while such an admission is probably intended to elicit the reader's complicity, the purple prose of the translator grates as ...more
من الصغب الكتابة عن أعمال كاملة ، على مدار 500ص أنت تقرأ حياةأدبية كاملة: متقلبة و متفرعة ، تنضج في وعيك حينا ،و تنتكس مرة أخرى (خاصة خلال قراءة شعر"مترجم" يمتد في مجاهل ثقافية لم تكن يومافي ذاكرتك).. لذا يبدو التعليق اختزاليا و غير مناسب .

يمكن الحديث عن تجربة قراءة الأعمال الكاملة ، هي تجربة ثانية بعد غسان كنفاني ، على قدر الانسجام الذي خلقه غسان في أعماله ، على قدر الارتباك الذي أحدثه رامبو .. أن تقرأ أعمالا كاملة يعني أن تكتشف عالما جديدا مكتملا؛ و هذا يبدو ثقيلا على الروح بشكل مقلق ..لأن كائ
Nov 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Pesme - zavređuju svih pet zvezdica. U poređenju sa odraslim Bodlerom kojeg sam nedavno čitala, mladi Rembo piše sa lakoćom, raznovrsnošću, humorom, okom za detalje...

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).

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French poet and adventurer, who stopped writing verse at the age of 21, and who 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. R ...more
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“A thousand Dreams within me softly burn:
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