Arthur Rimbaud, French Poetry’s Enfant Terrible, with Jane Sand
Rimbaud’s astonishing poems represent a creative leap into uncharted waters!
Rebel and revolutionary in both his lifestyle, his ideas, his poetry, French literature has never been the same since Rimbaud.
Escaping from a narrow, rigidly conformist background, he came to Paris at the age of 16, living rough and begging his way to the metropolis.
Dirty, bad-tempered and cynical, he shocked and enraged even the bohemians of 1870s Paris, and if Verlaine, already well-known as a poet, had not spotted his talent, we might never have his totally unique poetry. This extraordinary boy gave up writing poetry at the age of 21 to deal in arms and slaves, and died of syphillis, contrary as ever, aged only 37.