Selected Poems and Letters

; Jeremy Harding (Oversetter) ; John Sturrock (Oversetter)

A phenomenonally precicious schoolboy, Rimbaud was still a teenager when he became notorious as Europe's most shocking and exhilarating poet. During his brief 5-year reign as the enfant terrible of French literature he produced an extraordinary body of poems that range from the exquisite to the obsene, while simultaneously living a life of dissolute excess with his lover and fellow poet, Verlaine. Les mer
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A phenomenonally precicious schoolboy, Rimbaud was still a teenager when he became notorious as Europe's most shocking and exhilarating poet. During his brief 5-year reign as the enfant terrible of French literature he produced an extraordinary body of poems that range from the exquisite to the obsene, while simultaneously living a life of dissolute excess with his lover and fellow poet, Verlaine. At the age of 21, he abandonned poetry and travelled across Europe before settling in Africa as an arms trader. This edition sets the two sides of Rimbaud side by side with a sparkling translation of his most exhilarating poetry and a generous selection of the letters from the harsh and colourful period of his life as a colonial trader.

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Acknowledgementsxi
Chronologyxii
Introductionxviii
Further Readingxliv
A Note on the Translationxlvi
POEMS1(228)




from Poems, 1869-71





Les Etrennes des orphelins

2(6)




The Orphans' New Year Gifts





Première soirée

8(2)




First Attempt





Sensation

10(2)




Sensation





Le Forgeron

12(10)




Blacksmith





Ophélie

22(4)




Ophelia





Bal des pendus

26(2)




Dance of the Hanged Men





Le Châtiment de Tartufe

28(2)




Tartufe Punished





Venus Anadyomène

30(2)




Venus Rising from the Water





Les Reparties de Nina

32(8)




Nina Gets Back to Him





A la musique

40(2)




Set to Music





Roman

42(4)




Popular Fiction





Au Cabaret-Vert

46(1)




At the Green Inn





La Maline

46(2)




Knowing Way





Ma Bohème (fantaisie)

48(2)




My Bohemia (Fantasy)





Les Assis

50(2)




Seat-People





Le Cœur du pitre

52(2)




Heart of a Clown





Les Mains de Jeanne-Marie

54(4)




The Hands of Jeanne-Marie





Les Poètes de sept ans

58(4)




Seven-year-old Poets





Ce qu'on dit au poète à propos de fleurs

62(12)




To the Poet on the Matter of Flowers





Les Premières Communions

74(12)




First Communion





Le Bateau ivre

86(6)




Drunken Boat





Les Chercheuses de poux

92(2)




The Seekers of Lice





Voyelles

94(2)




Vowels





from Album Zutique





L'Idole. Sonnet du trou du cul

96(2)




Idol. Arsehole Sonnet





I. Cocker ivre ('Conneries 2e série')

98(1)




I. Drunken Coachman (from 'Imbecilities 2nd Series')





Etat de siège?

98(2)




State of Siege?





Vieux de la vieille!

100(1)




Very Old Guard





Les Remembrances du vieillard idiot

100(4)




Reminiscence of an Aged Cretin





The Stupra





'Les anciens animaux saillissaient...'

104(1)




'Animals in former times...'





'Nos fesses ne sont pas les leurs...'

104(4)




'Our buttocks are not like theirs...'





from Last Poems





'Qu'est-ce pour nous...'

108(2)




'What are they to us...





Mémoire

110(4)




Memory





Larme

114(1)




Tear





La Rivière de Cassis

114(2)




River of Cassis





Comédie de la soif

116(6)




Comedy of Thirst





Bonne pensée du matin

122(2)




Good Thought for the Morning





Chanson de la plus haute tour ('Fêtes de la patience')

124(2)




Song from the Highest Tower (from 'Festivals of Patience')





Fêtes de la faim

126(2)




Festivals of Hunger





[Bonheur]

128(2)




[Happiness]





Honte

130(2)




Shame





The Deserts of Love





Avertissement

132(1)




Foreword





I. 'C'est certes la même campagne...'

132(2)




I. 'It's the same countryside...'





II. 'Cette fois, c'est la Femme...'

134(4)




II. 'This time it's the Woman ..





A Season in Hell





'«Jadis, si je me souviens bien...'

138(2)




'Once, if I recall correctly...'





Mauvais sang

140(10)




Bad Blood





Nuit de l'enfer

150(6)




Night in Hell





Délires I. Vierge folle, L'époux infernal

156(8)




Delirium I. Foolish Virgin, Infernal Groom





Délires II. Alchimie du verbe

164(12)




Delirium II. Alchemy of the Word





L'Impossible

176(4)




The Impossible





L'Eclair

180(2)




Lightning





Matin

182(2)




Morning





Adieu

184(4)




Adieu





from Illuminations





Après le Déluge

188(2)




After the Flood





Enfance

190(4)




Childhood





Vies

194(4)




Lives





Départ

198(1)




Departure





A une raison

198(1)




To a Version of Reason





Matinée d'ivresse

198(2)




Morning of Intoxication





Fragments du feuillet 12

200(2)




Fragments/12





Ouvriers

202(1)




Workers





Les Ponts

202(2)




The Bridges





Ville

204(1)




City





Villes (I)

204(4)




Cities (I)





Vagabonds

208(1)




Tramps





Veillées

208(2)




Vigils





Aube

210(2)




Dawn





Marine

212(1)




Seascape





Barbare

212(2)




Barbaric





Solde

214(2)




Sale





Jeunesse

216(2)




Youth





Promontoire

218(2)




Promontory





Soir historique

220(2)




Historic Evening





Mouvement

222(2)




Movement





Démocratie

224(1)




Democracy





Génie

224(5)




Genie

LETTERS229(196)
Notes425(20)
Index of Titles and First Lines445(8)
Index of Letters453

Om forfatteren

Arthur Rimbaud (1854-91) is one of France's most controversial and influential poets. His works include A Season in Hell and Illuminations.


Jeremy Harding is Senior Editor at the London Review of Books, a translator, and journalist. He is currently working on a book about being adopted.

John Sturrock is Consulting Editor for the London Review of Books, a literary critic, travel writer, and translator. His translations for Penguin include novels by Stendhal and Hugo, and one volume of the new Proust translation: Sodom and Gomorrah.