Best Stanzas from 'Ophelie'
Go, Rimbaud, go!
I wish I thought of that punk-y overture, but credit must be given to one Patti Smith. Of all the French Romantic poets, Rimbaud is my favorite. Usually, aggrandized love sonnets spiced with mythical allusions make me cringe. But, I forgive Rimbaud because he was a teenager when he penned most of his famous lines. He managed to capture the tragedy of adolescence, when everything seems to burn like a brief comet. Plus, he did write a lot about the les rues d'Amsterdam (see Jacques Brel), where sailors piss and cry, about whores trolling the Seine and about Paris as one writhing orgy (see 'l'orgie parisienne ou Paris se repeuple'). That's what I like in my poetry... and in life, really.
"It was a miserable machine, an inefficient machine, she thought, the human apparatus for painting or for feeling; it always broke down at the critical moment; heroically, one must force it on."