Tuesday, November 06, 2012

News at Eleven: I don't know if 'express' is the right word

for what Rimbaud was doing; that word implies that the poet begins with some kind of manifesto, which he then illustrates in poetry. The poems are visceral reactions: they come out in their own weird and zany logic. In retrospect, we can read some of them as critiques of industrial society. Rimbaud was fiercely anti-respectability, and took a certain delight in squalor, therefore his reactions to the horror and opulence of cities is indeed complicated. [--Ciaran Carson]

from The Spectator: Interview: Ciaran Carson on translating Rimbaud


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