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Collected Poems: with parallel French text (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

Arthur Rimbaud , Martin Sorrell
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7 Jun 2001 Oxford World's Classics
'Rimbaud, the poet of revolt, and the greatest' Albert Camus 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 15 and 21, 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 the brief, colourful life and the poetry of sensory wildness has been created the myth of Rimbaud, an enduring icon of youth, rebellion, and freedom. But behind the myth lies a poetic adventure of high ambition and painful rigour, poignant yet heroic. Rimbaud is one of the greatest French poets of all times. 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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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (7 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192833448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192833440
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,150,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...user-friendly parallel text, which makes it the ideal choice for students (The Cambridge Quarterly, Vol. 36, No. 1)

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Martin Sorrell has published several anthologies of French verse, translated plays for stage and radio, and has had two original plays and three stories broadcast on BBC radio. For OUP he has translated Verlaine's Selected Poems for OWC.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect transaction 30 April 2014
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All went as well as it could go with this order. No delay, item arrived in condition as described and I have no reason for complaint.
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Rimbaud's poetry is generally dark, and disheartening but when considering the fact that it was all written in his adolescence, its genius is undeniable. His fantastic command of surreal imagery and twisted metaphors is amazing to read, yet the undercurrents of a genius-mind evidently tortured and twisted out of all recognition is as disturbing as it is enthralling. You may well find yourself somewhat regretting and yet still enjoying reading this collection. (Note, even if you have no knowledge of French, READ THE FRENCH! Much of the power of the poetry comes from its rhythm which is lost in translation)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book 24 Nov 2011
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Really. I braved the last review, and threw away $7. English and French is all mixed up, so it's useless even if you're fluent.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great translation, but the e-book is messed up. 8 July 2009
By Douglas Matus - Published on Amazon.com
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I was thrilled when I found this; I've been wanting a decent kindle edition of Rimbaud's poems for some time. I was so excited I bought it without looking at the preview, which was unfortunate, because something went horrible wrong with the e-book conversion. The book is supposed to be the original French with facing English translations. In the Kindle edition, however, the English and French are randomly mixed up; poems will have a few French stanzas, then a couple English; or, the English translation will abruptly end, with the remainder randomly inserted into the next poem. Extremely frustrating. Please fix this Amazon, or, better yet, create a decent Kindle edition of the Wyatt Mason translations.
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