Selected Poems and Letters (Rimbaud, Arthur): Parallel Text Edition with Plain Prose Translations of EachPoem

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Arthur Rimbaud was one of the wildest, most uncompromising poets of his age, although his brief literary career was over by the time he was twenty-one when he embarked on a new life as a trader in Africa. This edition brings together his extraordinary poetry and more than a hundred of his letters, most of them written after he had abandoned literature. A master of French verse forms, the young Rimbaud set out to transform his art, and language itself, by a systematic “disordering of all the senses,” often with ...

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Overview

Arthur Rimbaud was one of the wildest, most uncompromising poets of his age, although his brief literary career was over by the time he was twenty-one when he embarked on a new life as a trader in Africa. This edition brings together his extraordinary poetry and more than a hundred of his letters, most of them written after he had abandoned literature. A master of French verse forms, the young Rimbaud set out to transform his art, and language itself, by a systematic “disordering of all the senses,” often with the aid of alcohol and drugs. The result is a highly innovative, modern body of work, obscene and lyrical by turns—a rigorous journey to extremes.

Jeremy Harding and John Sturrock’s new translation includes Rimbaud’s greatest verse, as well as his record of youthful torment, A Season in Hell (1873), and letters that unveil the man who turned his back on poetry.

  • Includes a generous selection of Rimbaud's major poetry followed by more than 100 of his letters
  • Contains the French text of the poems on facing pages
  • Introduction examines Rimbaud's two very different careers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140448023
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Parallel Text, Penguin Series
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 474,913
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.89 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Rimbaud (1854–1891) is one of France’s most controversial and influential poets, though he gave up his career at a young age.

John Sturrock is a writer and critic who has previously translated Victor Hugo, Stendhal, and Rimbaud. A consulting editor at the London Review of Books, he lives in West Sussex, England.

John Sturrock is a writer and critic who has previously translated Victor Hugo, Stendhal, and Rimbaud. A consulting editor at the London Review of Books, he lives in West Sussex, England.

John Sturrock is a writer and critic who has previously translated Victor Hugo, Stendhal, and Rimbaud. A consulting editor at the London Review of Books, he lives in West Sussex, England.

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Table of Contents

Poems 1
The orphans' New Year gifts 2
First attempt 8
Sensation 10
Blacksmith 12
Ophelia 22
Dance of the hanged men 26
Tartufe punished 28
Venus rising from the water 30
Nina gets back to him 32
Set to music 40
Popular fiction 42
At the Green Inn 46
Knowing way 46
My bohemia (fantasy) 48
Seat-people 50
Heart of a clown 52
The hands of Jeanne-Marie 54
Seven-year-old poets 58
To the poet on the matter of flowers 62
First communion 74
Drunken boat 86
The seekers of lice 92
Vowels 94
Idol. arsehole sonnet 96
I. Drunken coachman (from 'imbecilities 2nd series') 98
State of siege? 98
Very old guard 100
Reminiscence of an aged Cretin 100
'Animals in former times ...' 104
'Our buttocks are not like theirs ...' 104
'What are they to us ...' 108
Memory 110
Tear 114
River of Cassis 114
Comedy of thirst 116
Good thought for the morning 122
Song from the highest tower (from 'festivals of patience') 124
Festivals of hunger 126
[Happiness] 128
Shame 130
Foreword 132
'It's the same countryside ...' 132
'This time it's the woman ...' 134
'Once, if I recall correctly ...' 138
Bad blood 140
Night in hell 150
Delirium I : foolish virgin, infernal groom 156
Delirium II : alchemy of the word 164
The impossible 176
Lightning 180
Morning 182
Adieu 184
After the flood 188
Childhood 190
Lives 194
Departure 198
To a version of reason 198
Morning of intoxication 198
Fragments/12 200
Workers 202
The bridges 202
City 204
Cities (I) 204
Tramps 208
Vigils 208
Dawn 210
Seascape 212
Barbaric 212
Sale 214
Youth 216
Promontory 218
Historic evening 220
Movement 222
Democracy 224
Genie 224
Letters 229
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