A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat by Arthur Rimbaud

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 major works are available as bilingual New Directions Paperbooks. The reputation of ...

Details A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat

TitleA Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat
Release DateJun 28th, 1961
PublisherNew Directions
GenrePoetry, Cultural, France, Classics, European Literature, French Literature, Literature, Fiction

Reviews A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat

  • Ted
    Surely it must be - never has a poet left so many wondering so much, over so few words ...4 1/2a Preface … by Patti Smith. More an imaginative appreciation. (view spoiler)[In his confessional masterpiece, A Season in Hell, Arthur Rimbaud imparts the formula for the alchemical transformation of the soul, even as he simultaneously acknowledges the futility of acting upon it. No one could exact a more brutal analysis of this sublime scrap of illum...
  • Tosh
    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 a long time.
  • Cody
    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, got laid a whole hell of a lot more than I did (though I matched him drink for drink). It's dogeared and bears all the telltales of my youth, underlined passages included...
  • David Lentz
    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 counter-subjectivity to life is somewhat Hegelian in that it induces not only a creative synthesis but suffering as its essential Muse. While A Season in Hell is m...
  • Maria
    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 Patti Smith’s M Train and watching Ed Harris’ Pollock in the very same week. The title, A Season in Hell, was what caught my attention at first; then there was Patti...
  • Rachel
    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- some dude blathers on in a horribly biased way about rimbaud for like 15 pages. he fails to directly acknowledge hardships, queerness, blablablablabla, mostly trying to fi...
  • Mohammad Ali
    این اثر پر است از اشعار و نوشته های مبهم - تا بدان حد که مرا آزار می داد. در میان این مبهم گویی ها قطعات زیبا و حتی درخشانی نیز به چشم می خورد. اما به طور کلی حس من این بود که باید قبل از ورود به آن درباره اش خواند؛ وگرنه ورود به دنیایش حداقل برای من با خوا...
  • Frankie
    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 strongest themes of sacrilegious denial and mourning for his lost love for Verlaine go hand in hand. Some of his imagery is brilliant, amazingly modern for its time, and y...
  • Ben
    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 Enfer" -- particularly concerning his tumultuous relationship with Paul Verlaine) and it has some strengths in terms of language choices and clarity. The opening l...
  • Victoria Nicholson
    The Drunken Boat is written from the viewpoint of a sunk sad ship thatsled a exciting life.This poem protests the law of the market, slavery,war, etc. It is visionary.It has gorgeous imagery such as "the northernlights rising like a kiss to the sea" and "swells that batter like terrified cattle". Rimbaud a child prodigy ran away from home as a teenand lived on the streets including a experimental commune.When the commune was forced closed by elit...
  • Matt
    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 limitations of the obstreperously drunk, young, rebellious, gifted, wild and unruly seer at the wheel.
  • David Haight
    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 present tense, while Rimbaud was in the midst of his suffering (not after it had past), or that he had only been writing a few scant years or amazingly that he was ba...
  • Sharon
    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).
  • Alexis
    Pure, raw poetry.
  • Zebardast Zebardast
    در کتاب, بخشی از سرودههای منظومه((فصلی در دوزخ)) و قطعه((کشتی مست)), اثر آرتور رمبو ـ شاعر فرانسوی ـ ( 1851ـ 1891) به فارسی ترجمه شده است .((محمد علی سپانلو)) درباره این دو منظومه خاطر نشان میکند که((رمبو)) در((کشتی مست)) و ((فصلی در دوزخ)) با درهم شکستن شعر و ترکیب ا...
  • Louis
    3-3.5/5I'm not to keen on the translation here by Louise Varese or perhaps it's Rimbaud's style which, despite being ground-breaking, felt awkward and jarring. There is a desperate and aggressive tone early on in "A Season in Hell", which is not surprising given Rimbaud's age. Towards the end of this poem he lowers the angst and I enjoyed it more. "The Drunken Boat" on the other hand is brilliant. There is plenty to admire in Rimbaud's verse and ...
  • Natalie Davis
    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.
  • Jacques Coulardeau
    ARTH/UR RIMBAUD – LÉO FERRÉ – UNE SAISON EN ENFER – 1873-1991-2000Ce texte est magique, ensorcelé, maudit, magnifique, pervers, exquis de délicatesse et de naïveté, envoûtant du pêché d’innocence et du crime de simplicité d’esprit. Il est un délire sans fin mais sans commencement non plus sur l’impossibilité dans laquelle Rimbaud se trouvait de simplement se poser dans une des boîtes cubiques qui sont sensées être l’h...
  • Arcadia
    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, by France. Rimbaud wished to trespass onto a new level of consciousness, and instead of trying again, he quits. This poem is written in the present tense, he wrote...
  • Mat
    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 Provence back in 1996. There was a poster on the wall with a drawing of man who had the Sylvester Stallone bad-guy bandanna look from Rambo (get it? har har) - but with...
  • Sean
    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 like. Knowing his life, helped better understand why he wrote what he wrote and at the early stage of adulthood. This book, though short, was great to read. After re...
  • Marina
    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 anything and everything. I mean, he basically put himself through hell so that he could be seen as a tortured soul and so that he would have material for his poetry. He e...
  • Maureen
    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 reality on the surface, but underneath, it needs to have some sense of an alternate reality as a whole, which I found lacking more in The Drunken Boat than A Seaso...
  • Peter
    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 on civilization/petit bourgeois morality. In embracing Europe's others, particularly Africans, it indulges in racist stereotypes itself. But the effect of the whole is...
  • Minaho
    Rimbaud's words in this collection are aggressive and defiant. I felt a heavy stone had sat in my thought during reading, even when I finished. His thoughts goes round and round. He seemed to have worried about his future, then struggled in emotional turmoil between the society and himself. As considering his age and background, it was natural. But his mind was very mature.I will read again someday after I experience more struggles. I think the n...
  • Simon A. Smith
    I expected to be blown away by this book but I wasn't. I really wanted to read an absolutely undeniable work of genius by a teenager and think "wow, that's incredible," but, as I said, I didn't. I think it read like a teenager, like a slightly smarter, slightly more enlightened, slightly more cultured teenager, but a teenager none the less. The uncertain, meandering, self-obsessed, angst-riddled hallmarks are all there. I don't know... I just was...
  • Trisha
    I wanted to throw the book against the wall while reading the first half, and then tell Rimbaud to grow up. But things improved with the poetry and more reflective passages. I swooned over the following: "At first it was an experiment. I wrote silences, I wrote night. I recorded the inexpressible. I fixed frenzies in their flight."
  • Frilla Amanda
    mind blowing, haunting, beautifully written.It's like Rimbaud poured his heart, his mind, his soul into it and rather than just reading his writing, I felt like I was listening to his inner thoughts. It's beautiful, wonderfully so.I fell in love after I read Delirium I.