By Arthur Rimbaud
Rimbaud is the enfant terrible of French literature, the precocious genius whose awesome poetry is innovative in its visionary, hallucinatory content material and its usually liberated kinds. He wrote all his poems among the a long time of approximately fifteen and twenty-one, and then he grew to become his again on relatives, pals, and France to roam the realm. In his ultimate years he was once a dealer within the Horn of Africa. Out of this short, colourful lifestyles and desolate tract of sensory poetry, a mythic Rimbaud has been created. one of many maximum French poets of all occasions, Rimbaud has turn into a permanent icon of teen, uprising, and freedom--though at the back of the parable of the guy lies a poetic experience of excessive ambition and painful rigor, poignant but heroic. This bilingual version presents all of Rimbaud's poems, apart from his Latin verses and a few small fragments. it is usually a few of his prose items, selected simply because they give a observation on his poetic concerns.
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Izambard, Georges, Rimbaud tel que je l’ai connu (Nantes: Le Passeur, 1991). Recollections and reﬂections of Rimbaud’s teacher and friend. Nicholl, Charles, Somebody Else: Arthur Rimbaud in Africa 1880–91 (London: Jonathan Cape, 1997). The latest account of Rimbaud’s last years. Lively and detailed. Robb, Graham, Rimbaud (London: Picador, 2000). A lively and absorbing critical biography, very substantial. Starkie, Enid, Arthur Rimbaud (London: Faber & Faber, 1938, revised 1947 and 1961). This has been the benchmark critical biography for decades, though some of its ﬁndings are now disputed.
Oh! ceux-là, sont les Hommes! Nous sommes Ouvriers, Sire! Ouvriers! Nous sommes Pour les grands temps nouveaux où l’on voudra savoir, Où l’Homme forgera du matin jusqu’au soir, Chasseur des grands eﬀets, chasseur des grandes causes, Où, lentement vainqueur, il domptera les choses Et montera sur Tout, comme sur un cheval! Oh! splendides lueurs des forges! ––Nos marteaux en main, passons au crible Tout ce que nous savons: puis, Frères, en avant! Nous faisons quelquefois ce grand rêve émouvant De vivre simplement, ardemment, sans rien dire De mauvais, travaillant sous l’auguste sourire D’une femme qu’on aime avec un noble amour: Et l’on travaillerait ﬁèrement tout le jour, Écoutant le devoir comme un clairon qui sonne: Et l’on se sentirait très heureux: et personne, Oh!
They dream that, leaning on their small round arms, In that sweet reﬂex of waking, they proﬀer their faces, And their vague eyes look around... They think they’re asleep in a rosy paradise... The cheery ﬁre sings and crackles in the hearth... Through the window, up there, ﬁne blue sky. Nature wakes up and is heady with light... The half-starved earth, glad to live again, Shudders with pleasure at the sun’s embrace... And in the old house all is ﬂushed with warmth. Dark clothes no longer strew the ground, The wind’s stopped whistling under the door...
Collected Poems (Oxford World's Classics) by Arthur Rimbaud