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This review is from: Rimbaud: Collected Poems: With Plain Prose Translations of Each Poem (Classics) (Paperback)
In these days of unshockability it is, at times,difficult to understand how such geniuses like Rimbaud could cause offence simply by breaking the rules.
It is good that he has had something of a reappraisal thanks to some revealing new translations, Ed White, a change of attitudes towards the creative process and Jim Morrison.
Rimabaud was such a mystical creature that every generation discovers him anew and reinvents him for their own purpose. This volume has the original french texts ~ some mind-boggling uses of the language and invention of words ~ and a prose translation, thankfully, as the secret of Rimbaud rhymes is as great as ever.
there has never been a poet quite like Rimbaud who single-handedly revolutionised a stale poesy and created a modernism that has still not been eclipsed, and like so many he died so so young
To wander through the works of Rimbaud is to take a heady trip into the miasma and chaotic world of the instant lover of all things including the grotesque and the profane.
If you are new to this poet this volume will, literally, blow your mind; more than poems these are the philosophical meditations of a man so far ahead of his time he never found his context, alienated all who loved him but has left a legacy; a treasure trove of literature now available all. Also included are a selection of key letters that give some insight into the man behind the myth including those to his lover, the poet Verlaine.