In 1891, on November 10th, French poet and adventurer Arthur Rimbaud died at the age of 37 by what is presumed now to have been cancer though he was treated for tuberculosis, syphilis and arthritis.
Rimbaud’s work is moving, dark and can in some cases, only best be described as an open wound - sore, raw, exposed and vibrant. Some of our favorite works by Rimbaud include Une Saison en Enfer and Illuminations, although admittedly A Season in Hell (Une Saison en Enfer) is his most famous work.
By the time Rimbaud was nineteen years old, he had lived so voraciously and had experienced so much, with the help of poet Paul Verlaine, that he had become deeply disillusioned and determined to abandon Europe and literature altogether! It is quite remarkable that the deeply stirring poetry he is now so very renowned for was all written by age 19!
The poet truly led a fascinating life, both as a writer and after that, as a merchant in many exotic places. If you are interested in a great biography of this epic man, check out Rimbaud: A Biography by Graham Robb.
Today, we dare you to abandon all inhibitions and love deeply, dangerously and without doubt that you are remarkable! We like to think that is how Rimbaud is celebrating this day and every day in his eternal resting place.
Write on in peace, Monsieur Rimbaud!
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