Arthur Rimbaud
Charleville, Ardennes
Monday, January 20, 2003

Novel Comments

Rating: 3.7

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


Me Poet Yeps Poet 10 September 2020
I think LOVE only flows through one's eyes when one is of a day short of seventeen shy then hopes beyond the skies lie as dreams above to heavens fly and then hopes we lie at seventeen oh my Lord of love come along I am now off seventeen so now I to you belong come along..You may be no more but poet love we all adore in heaven all the more Thanks for the inspiration O LOVELY LOVE POET
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Damion 26 March 2019
What awesome poem. I loved it when I read it years ago and I love it even now. It makes you long for a place that may no longer be there.
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Faith thomas 03 June 2018
Very good poem thanks so so much
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Joe Blow 28 November 2015
Classic Rimbaud, the unsuspecting paradigm shift: that night your lover writes...(something sweet...i love you) , NO, that night you return to the Blinding cafes and order beer, but then he brings you out of the hole with another paradigm shift - -no one's serious at seventeen. Rimbaud in A Season In Hell, mentions Islam a couple times, but in all his writings he never once uses the words Jew or Jewish. In this poem he talks about dark blue stung by a sinister star small and white. I will often think of him often at all times of the day and He did come after shakespear
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Douglas Scotney 25 September 2015
if blinding cafes are too that at 17, can I use that as an excuse for not going to a party at 62?
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Oluwatomisin Eshton 25 September 2015
its a sincere fact of the age group 17 and its factually one is serious at 17...careless attitude and the love for it
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Kinyua Karanja 25 September 2015
No one is serious at seventeen I just like this since it's the fact of life, Nice piece.
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Edward Kofi Louis 25 September 2015
You're in love! With the muse of life and the nature of things around you. Nice piece.
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Arthur Rimbaud at his finest..truly amazing poem! one of my favorites!
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The eternal youth...loses his power due to the lack of his masterpieces.Need more 'Illuminations', Novel's only a part of his poetic majesty....
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Robert Rorabeck 27 April 2007
This is a great translation of Novel- I'm in love with the poem- It comes from Rimbaud Complete, which, as it says, has all of Rimbaud's poems. Worth checking out.
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Jay Spence 04 March 2007
I agree. Rimbaud is by far my favorite.
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Xing A. 12 November 2006
Yes we need more of Rimbaud!
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Mary X 02 September 2006
Agreed! Its so shocking... Need more..
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Brian Routh 27 November 2005
i find it to be really odd that this is the only poem by such a major french poet that is available on this site!
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