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Rimbaud by Arthur Rimbaud
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Feb 06, 2008

it was amazing
Recommended for: Lovers of literature.
Read in October, 1981

I first read this excellent collection of Rimbaud's work as an underclassman, and his writing has stayed with me ever since. Haunting, alternately serene and tragic, always compelling, Rimbaud's poetry and poetic narratives have an enormous, if sometimes disturbing, power. A tragic figure in his own right (his writing career ended, for unknown reasons, at the age of nineteen after being shot by the poet Verlaine, and he died at the age of thirty-seven), Rimbaud bares his soul in these often searing pieces, and somehow manages to unite it with our universal experience of being all too human. Brilliant. This particular edition (from 1966) boasts both the original French text and the English translation on facing pages.

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