Today’s Birthday: ARTHUR RIMBAUD (1854)

Arthur Rimbaud (1854)

Rimbaud may have put down his pen when he was just 19 to lead an international vagabond life as a merchant and trader, but in his few years as a poet, the precocious young Frenchman managed to create a literary legacy that would have a lasting influence on the symbolists and subsequent modern poets. He put his verbal virtuosity on display in works like “The Drunken Boat,” A Season in Hell, and Illuminations. Who shot and wounded Rimbaud during one of their many lovers’ quarrels? More…Discuss

 

4 responses to “Today’s Birthday: ARTHUR RIMBAUD (1854)

  1. Please edit the mis-typing of your name. My apologies!

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  2. Thank you for this post Geroge B.
    Having studied Rimbaud as part of my post-graduate French literature course in 1986, I am astounded by the wealth of biographical and bibliographical information available on The Free Dictionary link – and so much of it in English. What this account fails to capture, however, is the esprit du temps, not to mention the exhilaration of Rimbaud’s poems and writings, followed by those of Verlaine and Baudelaire, and then reading Rimbaud once again and being surprised at fresh discoveries. I would encourage anyone who reads French to put themselves through that experience! Literature itself is always better than literary criticism; it is the real thing. 🙂

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    • French literature is unequaled, and revered by so many English speaking writers and generally artists. I guess, if I were to try and capture l’air (l’esprit) du temps, I would recommend the movie “Henry and June”, even though it portrays a later period. As far as art criticism I agree, that art would do just fine without it, just like bloggers would without re-bloggers 🙂

      Thanks for your commentary!

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