A Season in Hell & The Drunken Boat (Second Edition)
A reissue of Rimbaud’s highly influential work, with a new preface by Patti Smith and the original 1945 New Directions cover design by Alvin lustig.New Directions is pleased to announce the relaunch of the long-celebrated bi- lingual edition of Rimbaud’s A Season In Hell & The Drunken Boat — a personal poem of damnation as well as a plea to be released from “the examination of his own depths.”
Rimbaud originally distributed A Season In Hell to friends as a self-published booklet, and soon afterward, at the age of nineteen, quit poetry altogether. New Directions’s edition was among the first to be published in the U.S., and it quickly became a classic. Rimbaud’s famous poem “The Drunken Boat” was subsequently added to the first paperbook printing. Allen Ginsberg proclaimed Arthur Rimbaud as “the first punk” — a visionary mentor to the Beats for both his recklessness and his fiery poetry.
This new edition proudly dons the original Alvin Lustig–designed cover, and a introduction by another famous rebel — and now National Book Award–winner — Patti Smith.
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Arthur Rimbaud’s book A Season in Hell and The Drunken Boat are one of his many influential work. He was a great poet (1854-1891) who had composed such a unique style of poetry. Around the ages 15 and 16, he started showing a mysterious and pretty bizarre style of writing. It was clear that through these poems, he would reveal his thoughts about the world and his experience through life. In the preface of A Season In Hell by Patti Smith, he says he is at once a savior and a betrayer. He beholds and berates his ancestors. Grappling with the civil war of his personality, he prays bitterly to be good but he is not able… What he fears most is to be judged a fraud by God. A Season In Hell brought him nothing but misery. In misery’s company is where you will find him. He lived among his vices with anger and lust. Maybe it is just that he portrays how empty he feels inside and wishes to have a home in Europe.
The Drunken Boat is a great example on how he discusses such emptiness and loneliness that makes him feel sick and drunk in his little boat. The poems Drunken and a Season in Hell were both written at two different points or two different times of Rimbaud’s life. These two stories seem to identify and express different feelings in which he makes such great description. Although the poems are fiction, they paint a picture that represent sensitive parts of his teenage life. Although this book seemed great to many readers, it was not a very enjoyable book for me to read. I have tried reading this book thoroughly and critically because I had trouble understanding several parts that didn’t make sense to me. I’m sure that many readers can relate to this. A Season In Hell represents heartbreak and emotional abuse. It seems as though Rimbaud has been heartbroken when he was younger and it’s what has given him the ambition to write.