A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat

A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat

Although he stopped writing at the age of 19, Arthur Rimbaud (1854-91) possessed the most revolutionary talent of the century. His poetry & prose have increasingly influenced major writers. To his masterpiece A Season in Hell is here added Rimbaud's longest & possibly greatest single poem The Drunken Boat, with the original French en face Illuminations, Rimbaud's m Although he stopped writing at the age of 19, Arthur Rimbaud (1854-91) possessed the most revolutionary talent of the cen...

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Title:A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat
Author:Arthur Rimbaud
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:Une Saison en Enfer & Le bateau ivre
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:104 pages pages

A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat Reviews

  • Matt
    Nov 02, 2008
    Satisfies and encourages every demand that it makes on its readers. There is plenty in this text for pretty much anybody who wants to dig it out. What seems like teenage bravado (and, let's be honest, is often read out of teenage bravado) transcends the stereotypical limitation...
  • Tosh
    Apr 13, 2008
    What young boy exists who doesn't want to be Rimbaud. The Grand daddy or rock n' roll - and modern literature. A combination of Peter Pan and a thug, Rimbaud wrote beautifully as well as being sharp as a broken blade. "A Season In Hell" indeed. May I wonder in that neighborhood for...
  • Frankie
    Aug 08, 2012
    I really enjoyed Illuminations but not so much this one, perhaps for its prose aspect. Patti Smith's foreword is fun to read, though rather excessive in style and vulgarity. Keeping Rimbaud's amazing literary story in mind, you can understand the "farewell message" quality. His stronge...
  • Scot
    Nov 02, 2013
    Good grief this is an incredible swan song for the poet Rimbaud! When his life falls apart he returns home to the family farm, locks himself in the attic, withers away, and writes. It is a descent into madness and hell as he pours out his pain of splitting from Verlaine and losing all ...
  • Rachel
    Mar 30, 2008
    initially i wrote this off as the drunken masturbatory ramblings of a privileged white boy in france. which it is. but once i shook off my distaste for that particular trope, i kinda started liking his bad-ass shtick. i really hated the intro although it's somewhat a necessity- som...
  • Maureen
    Aug 09, 2008
    I love the idea that Rimbaud gave up poetry at the age of seventeen, just when many other writers are barely getting started. Unfortunately, that was probably a good thing, because he was so smashed, half of what he wrote doesn't make any sense. Poetry doesn't always need to conform to...
  • Peter
    Jun 30, 2017
    I agree with those who prefer the more conventionally formed Drunken Boat. And those who consider the guy who wrote the chronology of Rimbaud's life a jerk. Une saison en enfer I can't claim to have followed lucidly in its entirety, but it's certainly an arresting, Romantic assault o...
  • Maria
    May 08, 2016
    I understand, and not knowing how to express myself without pagan words, I?d rather remain silent. I am not going to lie to you. This is definitely not the kind of book I would randomly read. To be quite honest, I wasn?t even aware of its existence until I found myself reading Pat...
  • Gail Sanders
    Aug 25, 2019
    I love Louise Varèse?s translation of The Drunken Boat. ...
  • Alexis
    Nov 15, 2013
    Pure, raw poetry. ...
  • Cheryl
    Sep 12, 2017
    Not pleased when I read in the biography that Rimbaud was involved in gun-running and slave-trading. Then I got to the poems, and I don't care what Van Morrison and other rock stars say, I do not find these lines worth my time. ...
  • David Lentz
    Jun 20, 2011
    After reading his Illuminations, I decided that I definitely wanted to encounter more of Arthur Rimbaud. I was intrigued by his creative proposition that in order to become engaged with existence the poet must place himself at variance with life. This positioning of the poet in surging...
  • Sharon
    Mar 11, 2011
    I was inspired to read Rimbaud after the editor of a poetry magazine referenced him in a critique of my youthful writing. The poems were a challenge and dark but I read them and found them to be better than much of what I was being taught in high school English class at the time (1967)...
  • Nathan Lorraine
    May 13, 2011
    What can i say about Arthur Rimbaud as a writer? He was eighteen when he wrote this epic poem. He almost never wrote again afterwards. A Season in Hell is an epic poem married with a fanstastic short poem called The Drunken Boat. The mass of this review will be of A Season in Hell. As ...
  • Mat
    May 05, 2014
    I want to give Mr. Rimbaud five stars (would give six if I could). This is a fantastic, jaw-dropping book of poetry. Now I know why people rave about Rimbaud all the time. The first time I ever heard of Rimbaud was in my French literature class during the one year I spent abroad in Pr...
  • Ted
    Dec 24, 2016
    Surely it must be - never has a poet left so many wondering so much, over so few words ... 4 1/2 a Preface ? by Patti Smith. More an imaginative appreciation. (view spoiler)[In his confessional masterpiece, A Season in Hell, Arthur Rimbaud imparts the formula ...
  • Damion
    Feb 18, 2019
    I read this book and was fired up. I read it in college after finding out about him from the beat writers i was reading. I remember being blown away by the young writer. This book actually made me want to be a writer. I identified with the author. I carried a notebook with me, and ...
  • Mike
    Apr 28, 2019
    I try to be neither overly awed by nor blithely dismissive of classics. That is to say, I reserve the right to my own impressions, but context sometimes suggests that you might be missing something. Clearly, I might be missing something here. My relative ignorance of Rimbaud?s l...
  • Victoria Nicholson
    Feb 21, 2012
    The Drunken Boat is written from the viewpoint of a sunk sad ship thats led a exciting life.This poem protests the law of the market, slavery, war, etc. It is visionary.It has gorgeous imagery such as "the northern lights rising like a kiss to the sea" and "swells that batter like t...
  • Ben
    May 17, 2012
    Two of my favorite works by Arthur Rimbaud. I have read the complete works several times and always enjoy reading new translations of Rimbaud. This one has a marvelous introduction (which really illustrates where Rimbaud was at during the period of his life when he wrote "Une Saison en...
  • David Haight
    Aug 09, 2012
    Rimbaud's famed "letter of resignation" to the world of writing is a blistering journey through one man's soul as he struggles to come to terms with his art, the nature of love, morality, modernity and a whole host of other things. Ignore the fact that this was written nearly in the pr...
  • Sean
    Mar 06, 2013
    Rimbaud was only a young boy, still growing up, and yet his works gives an explosion of emotions. The powerfulness expressed in A Season in Hell is what many writers aspire to write throughout their lives. Upon reading Rimbaud?s chronology, the readers see what Rimbaud?s life was l...
  • Marina
    Mar 14, 2013
    Though this book would be fantastic for people of any age, I feel like I, being 15, especially enjoyed it because Rimbaud's writing is basically fueled on teen angst. My theory as to why he stopped writing at the ripe old age of 19 is because he aged out of his teenage hatred of anythi...
  • Steven Godin
    Jun 03, 2017
    ?And so my heartaches kept growing and growing, and I saw myself going more and more to pieces ? and everyone else would have seen it, too, if I hadn?t been so miserable that no one even looked at me anymore! and still more and more I craved his affection? His kisses and his fr...
  • Arcadia
    Aug 14, 2015
    Rimbaud, darling, dearest Rimbaud. "A Season in Hell" was his letter of resignation. He had no hope, and he had decided to quit. His hopes had lied with art and love and they had let him down. Rimbaud saw himself as a visionary, but he had been failed by his mortality, by Christianity,...
  • Natalie Davis
    Apr 14, 2018
    Rimbaud is the French poet version of the Russian author Dostoyevsky. Existential, wants to do good, feel good, but cannot. We are human, we try, we fail. ...
  • Louis
    Apr 30, 2018
    3.5-4/5 *Update* I re-read this after finishing Illuminations and enjoyed it far more this time. I'm going to go out on a limb and say my current tendency towards feeling angsty and disillusioned with life might have helped. So the rating is up to 4 now, thanks Rimbaud you filthy Ga...
  • Cody
    May 31, 2016
    This will be brief. While looking for a particular title for a friend in a box of old books today, I came across this. I hadn't read Rimbaud in, god, twenty+ years? As a painfully twee, suis generis teenager, I guess he was a bit of a hero: a drunken, libidinal monster who, well, go...
  • Numidica
    Jun 05, 2019
    Having never read Rimbaud, I thought I would give this slim volume a try. The relationship between Rimbaud and Verlaine is famous in literary circles, and it was scandalous in the Victorian era; Rimbaud's poetry is seen as a very early statement of identity from a gay poet. That said...
  • Tom Walsh
    Sep 02, 2018
    Fabulous visions of a very angry young man. Even in translation the words flow with the rhythm of the sea and wash over the reader evoking powerful emotions. Very rewarding read for angry times. ...