Collected Poems (Oxford World's Classics) by Arthur Rimbaud PDF

By Arthur Rimbaud

ISBN-10: 0199538956

ISBN-13: 9780199538959

Rimbaud is the enfant terrible of French literature, the precocious genius whose notable poetry is progressive in its visionary, hallucinatory content material and its frequently liberated types. He wrote all his poems among the a long time of approximately fifteen and twenty-one, and then he became his again on relatives, neighbors, and France to roam the area. In his ultimate years he was once a dealer within the Horn of Africa. Out of this short, colourful existence and desolate tract of sensory poetry, a mythic Rimbaud has been created. one of many maximum French poets of all occasions, Rimbaud has turn into a permanent icon of teen, uprising, and freedom--though at the back of the parable of the guy lies a poetic experience 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 is also a few of his prose items, selected simply because they provide a observation on his poetic concerns.

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Mais voilà, c’est toujours la même vieille histoire! ‘Mais je sais, maintenant! Moi, je ne peux plus croire, Quand j’ai deux bonnes mains, mon front et mon marteau, Qu’un homme vienne là, dague sur le manteau, Et me dise: Mon gars, ensemence ma terre; Que l’on arrive encor, quand ce serait la guerre, Me prendre mon garçon comme cela, chez moi! ––Moi, je serais un homme, et toi, tu serais roi, Poems, 1869–1871 What that great wardrobe of a blacksmith Was telling him––strange things, old-fashioned words Punched straight into his face.

Je regrette les temps de la grande Cybèle Qu’on disait parcourir, gigantesquement belle, Sur un grand char d’airain, les splendides cités; Son double sein versait dans les immensités Le pur ruissellement de la vie infinie. L’Homme suçait, heureux, sa mamelle bénie, Comme un petit enfant, jouant sur ses genoux. ––Parce qu’il était fort, l’Homme était chaste et doux. 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!

Je suis de la canaille! Il reste des mouchards et des accapareurs. Poems, 1869–1871 That one in the galleys; both of them Law-abiding folk. Now they’re free, they’ve become Like dogs. Insults enrage them––well, Insults hurt. It’s hard to bear, they’re broken Men, they think they’re damned forever, that’s why They’re down there now, screaming in your face! Scum, you see. There are dishonoured girls Down there, because... well, women are weak, My Lords, aren’t they? A smile for everyone... You’ve spat on their souls, who cares.

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