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The meteoric and turbulent poetic career of Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) was crammed into four teenage years, in which he wrote some wonderful short poems and two masterpieces, The Illuminations’ and A Seaon in Hell’. At nineteen he then turned his back on the literary life and left France, eventually travelling to Aden, Ethiopia and Somalia, while working as a trader.

Oliver Bernard’s Rimbaud’ was first published in the Penguin Poets series in 1962. This newly revised edition of...

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Overview


The meteoric and turbulent poetic career of Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) was crammed into four teenage years, in which he wrote some wonderful short poems and two masterpieces, The Illuminations’ and A Seaon in Hell’. At nineteen he then turned his back on the literary life and left France, eventually travelling to Aden, Ethiopia and Somalia, while working as a trader.

Oliver Bernard’s Rimbaud’ was first published in the Penguin Poets series in 1962. This newly revised edition of his superb presentation adds the Latin verse which Rimbaud wrote as school exercises. The poems are presented in bilingual form with Bernard’s lively and accurate prose versions below the French. Together with an illuminating introduction and the inclusion of a selection of Rimbaud’s letters, this is the most helpful edition of Rimbaud’s astonishing body of work for English-language readers and students of French poetry.

Oliver Bernard’s translations were described in a Times’ review by Robert Nye as quite outstanding… so intrinsically poetic that it comes as no surprise to find that Bernard writes original verse himself.’ Anvil has published his poetry, Verse &c.’ (2001) and his Apollinaire: Selected Poems’ (new ed. 2004). He has lived in Norfolk for over 30 years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780856464409
  • Publisher: Anvil Press Poetry, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/10/2012
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 574,039
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Arthur Rimbaud: Rimbaud was born at Charleville in northern France in 1854. He was already a poet by the age of fifteen. In 1871 he began his stormy affair with Paul Verlaine, travelling with him to London in 1872. He gave up writing poetry after completing A Season in Hell at the age of nineteen. After travelling widely in Europe, he left for Aden via Cyprus and Egypt and worked there as a trader and gun-runner. He died in Marseilles in 1891 from complications after a tumour had resulted in a leg amputation.
Oliver Bernard: Born in 1925, Oliver Bernard is a poet and translator who has lived in Norfolk for over thirty years. His publications include Poems (1983), Apollinaire: Selected Poems (Penguin, 1965; Anvil, 1986 and 2004) and Verse &c. (2001), also published by Anvil. He has worked as an advisory teacher of drama. A volume of autobiography, Getting Over It (1991), described his Soho days in the company of poets and artists in the mid twentieth century.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Note on the Text and Translation
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Arthur Rimbaud
Orphans' New Year Gifts 3
First Night 9
Sensation 11
The Blacksmith 11
Sun and Skin 21
Ophelia 29
Hanged Men Dance 33
Tartufe's Punishment 35
Venus Emerging 37
Nina Answers Back 37
To Music 45
Wide-eyed 47
Romance 51
'The dead of '92 and '93 ...' 53
Evil 53
Caesars' Rage 55
Winter Dream 57
Asleep in the Valley 57
At the Green Inn, five p.m 59
Cunning 59
'Centre: the Emperor ...' 61
The Dresser 63
My Bohemia (Fantasy) 63
Crows 65
Seated 67
The Customs Men 69
Tortured Heart 71
Paris War-Cry 73
My Little Lovebirds 75
Squatting Down 79
Parisian Orgy, or Paris Filling Up Again 81
The Hands of Jeanne-Marie 85
Sisters of Charity 91
The Just Man 93
Seven-year-old Poets 97
Poor People in Church 101
What the Poet is Told on the Subject of Flowers 103
First Communions 115
Drunken Boat 125
Lice-Seekers 131
Faun's Head 133
Evening Prayers 133
Vowels 135
'The star's wept ...' 135
Lilies 137
Sealed Lips 137
Fete galante 137
'I was sitting ...' 139
'In Spring, no doubt ...' 139
'Progress, big baby ...' 141
Stupidities I. Young Glutton 141
Stupidities II. Paris 141
Stupidities - Second Series: I Drunken Coachman 143
Old Lady's Old Men! 145
State of Siege? 145
The Broom 145
Exiles 147
Damned Cherub 147
'On summer nights ...' 149
'To my bedside reading ...' 149
Saturnian hypotyposes, ex-Belmontet 151
Remembrances of Senility 151
Recollection 155
'The child who picked up bullets ...' 157
The Idol. Arsehole Sonnet 159
'Our buttocks ...' 159
'Once, animals spewed ...' 161
'What do they mean to us ...' 163
Memory 165
Tear 167
Blackcurrant River 169
Comedy of Thirst 171
Lovely Morning Thought 175
Festival of Patience: Banners of May 177
Festival of Patience: Song from the Highest Tower 179
Festival of Patience: Eternity 181
Festival of Patience: Golden Age 183
Young Couple 187
Michael and Christine 189
'Flowerbeds of amaranth ...' 191
'Does she dance? ...' 193
Festivals of Hunger 193
'O seasons, o chateaux ...' 195
'Hear the bellow' 197
Shame 199
Mess-room by Night 201
The Deserts of Love 203
Fragments According to the Gospel 207
Once, if I remember well ... 211
Bad Blood 211
Night in Hell 223
First Delirium. The Foolish Virgin. The Infernal Bridegroom 227
Second Delirium. Alchemy of the Word 235
The Impossible 245
Lightning 249
Morning 251
Farewell 251
After the Flood 257
Childhood 259
Tale 263
Parade 265
Antique 265
Being Beauteous 267
'O the ashen face ...' 267
Lives 267
Departure 269
Royalty 271
To a Reason 271
Morning of Drunkenness 271
Phrases 273
[Phrases] 275
Workers 275
The Bridges 277
City 277
Ruts 279
Cities [I] 279
Tramps 281
Cities [II] 283
Vigils 285
Mystical 287
Dawn 287
Flowers 289
Vulgar Nocturne 289
Seascape 291
Winter Festival 291
Anguish 291
Metropolitan 293
Barbaric 293
Sale 295
Fairy 297
Youth 297
War 301
Promontory 301
Scenes 303
Historic Evening 303
Bottom 305
H 305
Movement 307
Devotions 309
Democracy 309
Genie 311
Explanatory Notes 313
Index of Titles 327
Index of First Lines 331
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