Arthur Rimbaud

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Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud was a French poet. Born in Charleville, Ardennes, he produced his best known works while still in his late teens—Victor Hugo described him at the time as "an infant Shakespeare"—and he gave up creative writing altogether before the age of 20. As part of the decadent ...

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No one's serious at seventeen.
--On beautiful nights when beer and lemonade

Asleep In The Valley

A small green valley where a slow stream flows
And leaves long strands of silver on the bright
Grass; from the mountaintop stream the Sun's

A Winter Dream

In winter we’ll travel in a little pink carriage
With cushions of blue.
We’ll be fine. A nest of mad kisses waits
In each corner too.

Being Beauteous

Against a fall of snow, a Being Beauiful, and very tall.
Whistlings of death and circles of faint music
Make this adored body, swelling and trembling
Like a specter, rise...


I have kissed the summer dawn. Before the palaces, nothing moved. The water lay dead. Battalions of shadows still kept the forest road.

I walked, walking warm and vital breath, While stones watched, and wings rose soundlessly.

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11 November 2014

The poet makes himself a seer by a long, prodigious, and rational disordering of all the senses. Every form of love, of suffering, of madness; he searches himself, he consumes all the poisons in him, and keeps only their quintessences.

11 November 2014

I saw that all beings are fated to happiness: action is not life, but a way of wasting some force, an ennervation. Morality is the weakness of the brain.

11 November 2014

But, truly, I have wept too much! The dawns are heartbreaking. Every moon is atrocious and every sun bitter.

11 November 2014

Life is the farce which everyone has to perform.

11 November 2014

Only divine love bestows the keys of knowledge.


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Soran M. H 08 February 2020

Rimbaud the rebel and creative poet for centuries...his soul shining in the sky among the bright stars... our favorite poet.....

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Nadeem Ishaque 03 November 2018

Rimbaud can so easily vacillate between the lyric and the epic

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Frederick Kesner 08 March 2018

An elusive character to the end. A major struggle in the study of Rimbaud would be his turning completely away from poetry in the last years of his life. It must have been a personal torment for poetry flows naturally from wells springing from within the poet.

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Fabrizio Frosini 22 November 2015

by Rimbaud, in Italian: La danza degli impiccati Alla nera forca, amabile moncone, danzano, danzano i paladini, i magri paladini del demonio, gli scheletri dei Saladini! Messer Belzebù tira per la cravatta i suoi piccoli neri fantocci che fan smorfie al cielo, e picchiandoli in fronte con la ciabatta li fa danzare sulle note d'un vecchio Natale! E i fantocci scioccati intrecciano i loro gracili braccini, come neri organi i petti squarciati che un tempo stringevano dolci donzelle cozzano a lungo in un amore immondo. Urrà per i gai danzatori che non hanno più pancia! Possono fare giravolte, perché il palco è così grande! Op! Che non si sappia se è danza o battaglia! Belzebù irato coi suoi violini raglia! O duri talloni, non usate mai sandali! Quasi tutti han tolto la camicia di pelle! Il resto non impaccia si guarda senza schifo. Sui crani la neve posa un candido cappello: la cornacchia è un pennacchio sulle incrinate teste, un brano di carne trema sul mento scarno: si direbbe vorticante nelle oscure resse di prodi, rigide armature di cartone. Urrà! La tramontana soffia al gran ballo degli scheletri! La forca nera mugola come un organo di ferro! E i lupi rispondono da foreste violette: all'orizzonte il cielo è d'un rosso inferno... Olà, scuotete quei funebri capitani che sgranano sornioni tra le dita spezzate un rosario d'amore sulle vertebre pallide: questo non è un monastero, o trapassati! Oh! Ecco, nel mezzo della danza macabra nel cielo rosso un folle scheletro avanza di slancio, e come un cavallo impenna: e, poiché al collo la corda è stretta, raggrinza le dita sul femore che scricchiola con grida simili a ghigni e come un acrobata che rientra nella sua baracca rimbalza nel ballo al canto delle ossa. Alla nera forca, amabile moncone, danzano, danzano i paladini, i magri paladini del demonio, gli scheletri dei Saladini! -Arthur Rimbaud

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Grace Moneymaker 23 December 2014

Good ol' Arthur Rimbaud. He inspires me to write poetry, even though I am a troubled poet like he was. One of the best.

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Jetty J Newnham 19 November 2012

If I hadn't read the beat poets I may never of heard Rimbaud, I thank them for that. Its also possible that if I had not read either I may not write my own.

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Shakti Shetty 22 July 2006

If u r looking for a true rebel..a constant disclaimer of world orthodoxy then rimbaud is the closest you can get................ morever he was young, vibrant and too close to dream than reality.........unashamed of his thoughts, profane at times but nonetheless a genius who wrote with no qualm whatsoever!

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