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Arthur Rimbaud
(1854-1891) born on
Oct 20
French poet, adventurer. He identified with the Symbolists and, for a time, associated with Paul Verlaine; wrote "Illuminations."
         
   
F
Idle youth, enslaved to everything; by being too sensitive I have wasted my life.

R
I saw that all beings are fated to happiness: action is not life, but a way of wasting some force, an ennervation. Morality is the weakness of the brain.
A
I invented the colors of the vowels! --A black, E white, I red, O blue, U green --I made rules for the form and movement of each consonant, and, and with instinctive rhythms . . .
N
The poet makes himself a seer by a long, prodigious, and rational disordering of all the senses. Every form of love, of suffering, of madness; he searches himself, he consumes all the poisons in him, and keeps only their quintessences.
K
Life is the farce which everyone has to perform.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Song of the Highest Tower, in Collected Poems (written 1872; ed. by Oliver Bernard, 1962).
R: Une Saison en Enfer, "Délires II: Alchimie du Verbe" (1874; repr. in Collected Poems, ed. by Oliver Bernard, 1962).
A: Une Saison en Enfer, "Délires II: Alchimie du Verbe" (1874; repr. in Collected Poems, ed. by Oliver Bernard, 1962).
N: Letter, 15 May 1871 (published in Collected Poems, ed. by Oliver Bernard, 1962).
K: Une Saison en Enfer, "Mauvais Sang" (1874).
   


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