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Product Details

  • Series: Perennial Library
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st Harper Colophon Ed edition (June 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060904909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060904906
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,317,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Arthur Rimbaud was a disreputable, mean, ruthless, perverse, hateful wretch. He was also one of the greatest poet who ever lived...

"Schmidt has tackled poems, prose, and letters. He has adopted a new and persuasive chronological arrangement of the work. And he has nimbly compressed the life of the poet into engaging prefaces for each of the eight 'seasons.'...Schmidt has truly made Rimbaud his won. Like every good translation, his is an interpretation. And it is a matter of some astonishment to me that he has done as well as he has with lyrics that, in theory, ought to defy transfer into another language. He has found a tone, pr perhaps it is an idiom, that works." -- Raymond Sokolov, Newsday

"Paul Schmidt has waveredno, has hoveredbetween solicitude and critique, and the result of such suspension is his beautiful, daring, careful work; we have all tried our hand as this, and more than a hand is needed, and has here been bestowed. The whole mannothing less will do, and what I am grateful for is the willingness to risk a vision, a sighting of not only the art but the life of the most baffling and suggestive of our exemplary failures. If there were such a thing as Parallel Lives of the nineteenth century, then Paul Schmidt's Rimbaud would have to be read beside Auden's Keirkegaard. Creative misreading, or let me say, with my admiring breath held, critical markings! It is a wonder that so much concern has been taken, been given, though less a wonder than a benefaction when we recall that concern means no more than a sifting, a winnowing by the senses. The book is the most valuable sieve yet, and serves us the Rimbaud that matters in its fine mesh." -- Richard Howard

After The Flood
Angry Caesar
Anguish
Animals Once Spewed Semen As They Ran
Antique
Asleep In The Valley
At The Green Cabaret
Bad Blood
The Bad Little Angel
Barbarian
Being Beauteous
The Blacksmith
Bottom
The Boy Who Picked The Bullets Up, Destiny's Child
Bridges
The Brilliant Victory Of Saarebruck
Brussels
By The Bandstand
Childhood
Cities I
Cities Ii
City
The Comedy Of Thirst: I. Forefathers
The Comedy Of Thirst: Ii. The Spirit
The Comedy Of Thirst: Iii. Friends
The Comedy Of Thirst: Iv. The Poor Man Dreams
The Comedy Of Thirst: V. Conclusion
Confessions Of An Idiot Old Man
Credo In Unam
Crows
The Customs Men
Dawn
Democracy
Departure
Devotion
Does She Dance
Dream In Wintertime
The Drunken Boat
Drunken Morning
Drunks
Evening Prayer
Evil
Fairy
Farewell
Faun's Head
Feelings
Fete Galante
First Communions
First Delirium: The Foolish Virgin The Infernal Bridegroom
First Evening
Flowers
Fragments From The Book Of John
Genie
H
The Hands Of Jeanne-marie
The Hanged Men Dance
Hear How It Bellows
A Heart Beneath A Cassock
Hidden And Wrinkled Like A Budding Violet
Histgoric Evening
I Sat In A Third-class Railway Car; An Old Priest
I'd Probably Prefer, Come Spring, An Open-air
The Impossible
It Was Springtime
It's Only A Humble Handmade Brush, Too Small
Kids In A Daze
The Ladies Who Look For Lice
Lightning
Lilies
Lines
Lives
Lovely Thoughts For Morning
Martial Law?
Metropolitan
Michael And Christine
Morning
Morning
Movement
My Little Lovelies
Mystique
The Newlyweds At Home
Night In Hell
O Seasons, O Chateaus
The Old Guard
On Summer Nights, Before The Shining Shop Windows
Once, If My Memory Serves Me Well
Ophelia
Ordinary Nocturne
The Orphans' New Year
Our Assholes Are Different From Theirs. I Used To Watch
Parade
Paris
Parisian Orgy
Parisian War Cry
Poor People In Church
Promontory
Recollection
Remarks To A Poet On The Subject Of Flowers
Remembrance
The River Of Cordial
Romance
Royalty
Sale
The Savior Bumped Upon His Heavy Butt
Scenes
Sealed Lips; Seen In Rome
Seascape
Second Delirium: The Alchemy Of The Word
Seven-year-old Poets
Shame
The Sideboard
The Sisters Of Charity
The Sitters
Squatting
The Stolen Heart
The Sun Has Wept Rose
Tale
Tartufe Chastised
Tear
The Tease
To A Reason
To My Bedside Books, Those Exquisite Editions
The Triumph Of Hunger
The Triumph Of Patience: A Song From The Highest Tower
The Triumph Of Patience: Banners Of May
The Triumph Of Patience: Eternity
The Triumph Of Patience: Golden Age
Vagabonds
Venus Anadyomene
Vigils
Vowels
War
The Wastelands Of Love
What Do We Care, My Heart
What Nina Answered
Wheel Ruts
Winter Festival
Workers
You Dead Of Ninety-two And Ninety-three
Young Glutton
Youth: I. Sunday
Youth: Ii. Sonnet
Youth: Iii. Twenty Years Old
Youth: Iv
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

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89 of 97 people found the following review helpful By "lexo-2" on December 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
Highly unreliable. Schmidt has produced some very good English-language poetry, but it ain't Rimbaud. He conceals this by not printing the original on a facing page. Worse yet, he prints the Illuminations as free verse, when they were written as prose poems (on the rationale that the prose poem isn't as successful a genre in English as it is in French.) I am sternly against this kind of translation, unless you're going to go all the way and admit that what you're doing is a poem by Paul Schmidt "after" Rimbaud. But he doesn't. Rimbaud newbies are directed instead to Louise Varese's superb versions of Illuminations and A Season in Hell; those who want a complete works should go for Wallace Fowlie's less memorable but more faithful edition; total Rimbaud freaks should learn French (and mortgage the house in order to be able to afford the magnificent Pleiade edition of the originals).
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Caron on February 16, 2000
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I have a collection of various translations by Arthur Rimbaud. This book was a revelation to me. The difference is remarkable. By abandoning precise translations, Schmidt allows the full beauty and vulgarity of these works to be free. There is no stilted translation present here. This book is a work of art. It may not be translation in the traditional sense, but it is its own remarkable undertaking - and I believe it will stand the test of time. Congratulations Mr. Schmidt.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Laurie A. McMaster on May 3, 2000
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I've collected several translations of Rimbaud's poetry over the years, some good and some leave much to be desired. Schmidt accomplishes a very difficult task here - translating the French in a way that does Rimbaud's work justice. This title is my favorite, and the most used translation when referring to his work. If you must buy one - this is the only translation you'll ever need.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By I ain't no porn writer on July 21, 2004
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This book was one of the most fundamentally influential books for me as a developing poet. I think it's by far the best translation of Rimbaud, much more enjoyable to read than the Pleide edition, which seems to me outdated. It may be true that Schmidt took some creative license and his translations of these poems may not be as literal or as accurate as others, but his gift for interprettation makes the poems better than in other translations, and that to me is more important than just strict accuracy. When I read these poems, I know I'm reading Rimbaud--the imagery, the atmosphere is all his. It doesn't bother me at all if from time to time the translator must re-position a word here or adjust a phrase there, or even invent an approximate figure-of-speech for one that doesn't exist in English--the main thing is that this translation is compelling and easy to understand and has Rimbaud's poetic style and ideas down to a T.

David Rehak

author of "Poems From My Bleeding Heart"
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer X on January 26, 2002
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Rimbaud is the finest poet that has ever lived and this translation is excellent. It is easy to read, well thought out in it's context and the order of the poems. It offers just enough history on the life of Rimbaud for first time readers to want and read more about the man.
Most importantly is the letters included in the back from Rimbaud to various friends and family. I believe that these letters are where the real fans of his get to see the real Arthur Rimbaud. Excellent book. I couldn't give it a better rewiew. I carry this book in my bookbag and read it when I am in between classes, and the beauty carries me through the rest of the day.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By lexo1941 on August 29, 2006
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I wrote an earlier review of this edition of Rimbaud back when I called myself lexo-2; I'd now amend it, if I could, to say that the only translations of Rimbaud that non-French speakers are going to need is Wyatt Mason's superb bilingual edition in two volumes for the Modern Library. Schmidt has a lovely turn of phrase, but this is really a collection of poems by Paul Schmidt inspired by the work of Rimbaud, and not in my view a translation at all.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By N'body on May 1, 2000
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This book contains many unmusical, undistinguished, unfaithful translations. As poetry in English, it is no worse than most poetry one finds in contemporary journals. But it is particularly disturbing that Richard Howard, who is a very intelligent man, and a very important man in the poetry world, and a responsible translator himself, should offer the effusive and utterly mendacious encomium that accompanies the book, making it not just bad but imperiously bad. Schmidt does not pay enough attention to his own, or to Rimbaud's, use of rhyme and meter. He cuts words and images and frequently uses his own fabrications for rhyme's sake. Yet the rhymes are very often inaudible because of the lack of a consistent metrical pattern. And, though he dispenses with important details completely, or wrenches the lines, because the versions are so prosodically loose, Schmidt forfeits the excuse that he was struggling to fill a metrical formula. Quite a few lines read like translations from a bad tourists' guidebook. Sokolov, in the other blurb on the backcover, has unwittingly said it best: "Schmidt has truly made Rimbaud his own."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 1999
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I've read this book in Turkish. Then in English. I think Rimbaud is still the future of poetry. If you are looking for something to hold on to, you should have a look at this book. There is nothing but pure life, smell of the colors and eyes of the light which swows us the meaning. For we can make it bigger. That is what Rimbaud has done. That is what todays poetry and i am looking for i think.
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