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By Arthur Rimbaud

Rimbaud is the enfant terrible of French literature, the precocious genius whose impressive poetry is innovative in its visionary, hallucinatory content material and its frequently liberated varieties. He wrote all his poems among the a long time of approximately fifteen and twenty-one, and then he grew to become his again on family members, acquaintances, and France to roam the realm. In his ultimate years he used to be a dealer within the Horn of Africa. Out of this short, colourful existence and wasteland of sensory poetry, a mythic Rimbaud has been created. one of many maximum French poets of all occasions, Rimbaud has develop into a permanent icon of stripling, uprising, and freedom--though in the back of the parable of the guy lies a poetic event of excessive ambition and painful rigor, poignant but heroic. This bilingual version presents all of Rimbaud's poems, aside from his Latin verses and a few small fragments. it's also a few of his prose items, selected simply because they give a observation on his poetic concerns.

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All Rimbaud’s known works (Oeuvres: Poésies, Illuminations, Une saison en enfer) published by Mercure de France, edited by his brother-in-law, Paterne Berrichon. COLLECTED POEMS Poèmes, 1869–1871 Les Étrennes des orphelins i La chambre est pleine d’ombre; on entend vaguement De deux enfants le triste et doux chuchotement. Leur front se penche, encor, alourdi par le rêve, Sous le long rideau blanc qui tremble et se soulève... ––Au dehors les oiseaux se rapprochent frileux; Leur aile s’engourdit sous le ton gris des cieux; Et la nouvelle Année, à la suite brumeuse, Laissant traîner les plis de sa robe neigeuse, Sourit avec des pleurs, et chante en grelottant...

Misère! Maintenant il dit: Je sais les choses, Et va, les yeux fermés et les oreilles closes. ––Et pourtant, plus de dieux! plus de dieux! l’Homme est Roi, L’Homme est Dieu! Mais l’Amour, voilà la grande Foi! Oh! si l’homme puisait encore à ta mamelle, Grande mère des dieux et des hommes, Cybèle; S’il n’avait pas laissé l’immortelle Astarté Qui jadis, émergeant dans l’immense clarté Des flots bleus, fleur de chair que la vague parfume, Montra son nombril rose où vint neiger l’écume, Et fit chanter, Déesse aux grands yeux noirs vainqueurs, Le rossignol aux bois et l’amour dans les cœurs!

L’Homme est Roi, L’Homme est Dieu! Mais l’Amour, voilà la grande Foi! Oh! si l’homme puisait encore à ta mamelle, Grande mère des dieux et des hommes, Cybèle; S’il n’avait pas laissé l’immortelle Astarté Qui jadis, émergeant dans l’immense clarté Des flots bleus, fleur de chair que la vague parfume, Montra son nombril rose où vint neiger l’écume, Et fit chanter, Déesse aux grands yeux noirs vainqueurs, Le rossignol aux bois et l’amour dans les cœurs! Poems, 1869–1871 ––Venus, Goddess! I long for the days when the world was young, Lecherous satyrs, animal fauns, The love-bites of gods in the bark of trees, Their frolics with blond nymphs among lilies.

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