Teresa Waugh

The Pubescent Poet

Rimbaud Complete

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WHAT, THE READER may ask, would ever drive anyone to attempt the virtually impossible task of translating poetry? Especially the poetry of so great, so elusive and so musical a poet as Arthur Rimbaud, whose very name, even if we know little of his poetry, conjures up genius, youth, violence, drugs and sex. Rimbaud, that wild, precocious French teenager, one of Verlaine’s ‘poètes maudits’, or unsung poets.

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