Arthur Rimbaud

(20 October 1854 – 10 November 1891 / Charleville, Ardennes)

Vowels - Poem by Arthur Rimbaud

Black A, white E, red I, green U, blue O - vowels,
Some day I will open your silent pregnancies:
A, black belt, hairy with burst flies,
Bumbling and buzzing over stinking cruelties,

Pits of night; E, candour of sand pavilions,
High glacial spears, white kings, trembling Queen
Anne's lace;
I, bloody spittle, laughter dribbling from a face
In wild denial or in anger, vermilions;

U,…divine movement of viridian seas,
Peace of pastures animal-strewn, peace of calm lines
Drawn on foreheads worn with heavy alchemies;

O, supreme Trumpet, harsh with strange stridencies,
Silences traced in angels and astral designs:
O…Omega…the violet light of His Eyes!


Comments about Vowels by Arthur Rimbaud

  • (5/20/2017 11:35:00 AM)


    Vowels is an erotic sonnet in which each vowel represents a part of a woman's body:
    A= the sex of a brunette (so it is black)
    E = the breasts (white)
    I = the mouth (red)
    U = the forehead whose wrinkles evoke the ripples of the green sea
    O = eyes (blue eyes)

    Of course all of this is very subjective and you perfectly can imagine a poem in which A would be yellow or red, in which O would be black or green etc...But indisputably Vowels is the first surrealist poem of literary history.
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 3, 2010



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