Rimbaud is the enfant terrible of French literature, the precocious genius whose extraordinary poetry is revolutionary in its visionary, hallucinatory content and its often liberated forms. He wrote all his poems between the ages of about fifteen and twenty-one, after which he turned his back on family, friends, and France to roam the world. In his final years he was a trader in the Horn of Africa. Out of this brief, colorful life and wilderness of sensory poetry, a mythic Rimbaud has been created. One of the greatest French poets of all times, Rimbaud has become an enduring icon of youth, rebellion, and freedom--though behind the myth of the man lies a poetic adventure of high ambition and painful rigor, poignant yet heroic. This bilingual edition provides all of Rimbaud's poems, with the exception of his Latin verses and some small fragments. It also includes some of his prose pieces, chosen because they offer a commentary on his poetic concerns.
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`'This edition of Rimbaud's Collected Poems with facing English translations by Martin Sorrell, is a very welcome and useful book. As with Sorrell's edition of Verlaine in the Oxford World's Classics series, it is a huge pleasure to read the poems all through, in chronological order, warts and obscenities and all...Sorrell provides solid versions, often carried with a certain panache, while remaining honest, accurate and workmanlike.''
Stephen Romer, Times Literary Supplement
`A very welcome and useful book [...] Sorrell provides solid versions, often carried with a certain panache, while remaining honest, accurate and workmanlike'
Times Literary Supplement