A Season in Hell and Illuminations

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BOA Editions, Ltd., 1991 - Foreign Language Study - 176 pages
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"With skill and imagination, Bertrand Mathieu gives us an intimacy of the spoken American that allows readers to absorb themselves in Rimbaud's private drama as in an obsessive dream of our own... . Mathieu has earned our gratitude and praise for his accomplishment: to have given Rimbaud his contemporary relevance for us." - David Ignatow
 

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Contents

Une saison en enfer
4
Mauvais sang
6
Bad Blood
7
Nuit de lenfer
18
Hellish Night
19
Délires I
22
Délires II
32
Delirium II
33
Matinée divresse
106
Vagabonds
108
VIE DANS LA NATURE
110
LIFE IN NATURE
111
Nocturne vulgaire
112
Fleurs
114
Marine
116
Fête dhiver
118

Limpossible
46
Thé Impossible
47
Léclair
50
Matin
52
Morning
53
Adieu
54
ILLUMINATIONS
58
VIE DE LENFANT
60
Après le déluge
62
LIFE OF THE CHILD
63
Aube
64
Enfance
66
Jeunesse
72
Guerre
76
Angoisse
78
Démocratie
80
H
82
VIE DU POÈTE
84
LIFE OF THE POET
85
Conte
86
Parade
88
Antique
90
Bottom
92
Being Beauteous
94
Scènes
96
Vies
98
Phrases
102
Fairy
120
VIE EN VILLE
122
CITY LIFE
123
Ouvriers
124
Les Ponts
126
Ville
128
Ornières
130
Villes I
132
Villes II
134
Métropolitain
138
Barbare
140
Promontoire
142
VIE VISIONNAIRE
144
VISIONARY LIFE
145
Départ
146
Royauté
148
A une raison
150
Mystique
152
Veillées
154
Soir historique
156
Mouvement
158
Génie
160
Dévotions
162
Solde
164
Translatons Postscript
169
A Note on the Translator
177
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About the author (1991)

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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