Rimbaud's Poetic Practice: Image and Theme in the Major Poems

Rimbaud's Poetic Practice: Image and Theme in the Major Poems

Rimbaud's Poetic Practice: Image and Theme in the Major Poems

Rimbaud's Poetic Practice: Image and Theme in the Major Poems

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Interpreting Rimbaud is a peculiarly hazardous enterprise. We are no longer hampered by defective texts of his work, but the peripheral documents are consistently inconclusive, being mostly letters preserved by chance alone and reminiscences of people who late in life discovered that the poet they had once known was truly great. His family's efforts to keep his name respectable could only lead to more and more obfuscation. Early admirers were more devoted to their private responses to his work than to verifiable fact. All in all, it should surprise no one that the explications of some very attentive critics have often pelted down closed avenues and up blind alleys; the wonder is that we have not gone oftener and much further astray.

In the circumstance it is proper to insist that even the most . . .

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