Illuminations, and Other Prose Poems

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New Directions Publishing, 1957 - Poetry - 182 pages
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Rimbaud, born in 1854, started to write at an early age. By 17 he had written his most famous poem, 'The Drunken Boat'. He then embarked on a turbulent homosexual relationship with the poet Verlaine, from which came some of their most original work, including A Season in Hell and Illuminations. Rimbaud rejected writing at the age of 20. After years of travelling and gun-running in Africa, he died in 1891, aged 37.
  

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Review: Illuminations

User Review  - Ed Smiley - Goodreads

What do you make of an author that hands a work for publication to an ex-lover who shot him? The imagery is vivid, idiosyncratic hermetic and strangely beautiful, and anticipates surealism. Ashbery ... Read full review

Review: Illuminations

User Review  - Scot Quaranda - Goodreads

Fantastic work, I have read bits and pieces of Rimbaud through the years though never sat down with an specific collection. This was a great one to start with. I am not sure I know how to read and ... Read full review

Contents

AFTER THE DELUGE Apres le Deluge
6
TALE Conte
16
ANTIQUE Antique
24
DEPARTURE Depart
34
MORNING OF DRUNKENNESS Matinee dlvresse
40
WORKING PEOPLE Ouvriers
50
CITY Ville
56
VAGABONDS Vagabonds
64
BARBARIAN Barbare
100
SCENES
108
MOTION Mouvement
116
H H
122
DEMOCRACY Democratic
128
GENIE CfmV
134
YOUTH nmesse
140
SALE SoWr
146

CITIES Villes
68
VIGILS Vcilices
74
DAWN Auhe
80
COMMON NOCTURNE Nocturne Vulgaire
86
WINTER FETE Fete dHiver
92
THE DESERTS OF LOVE Lei Deserts de lAmour
152
THREE GOSPEL MORALITIES Trots Meditations ohan
162
Notes on Some Corrections and Revisions
170
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About the author (1957)

Arthur Rimbaud, 1854-1891 Arthur Rimbaud was born October 20, 1854. He was the son of an army captain who deserted his family when Arthur was six years old. He attended a provincial school in Charleville, a town in northeastern France, and was a brilliant student until the Franco-Prussian war. It was then Rimbaud turned rebel and fled his home. As a boy, Rimbaud wrote some of the most remarkable poetry of the 19th century. His rhythmic experiments in his prose poems "Illuminations" (1886; eng.trans.,1932) identified him as one of the creators of free verse. Synesthesia, (the description of one sense experience in terms of another), was popularized by his "Sonnet of the Vowels" (1871;Eng. Trans., 1966) where each vowel is assigned a color. After Rimbaud fled his home in July 1870, a year of drifting followed. During this time, he had sent some poems to Paul Verlaine. In 1871, he was invited to Paris where Verlaine rejected him as a drunk. In spite of that, he and Verlaine became lovers and the relationship continued sporadically over two years and formed the core of disillusionment in "A Season in Hell." After the affair ended, Rimbaud abandoned his writing. At the time he was not yet 20 years old. Rimbaud transformed himself becoming a trader and gunrunner in Africa. On November 10, 1891, he died in Marseille following the amputation of his cancerous right leg.

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