Rimbaud – Paris

The 19th century poet, Arthur Rimbaud, is commemorated in a small street just south of St Sulpice. Along a wall in Rue Ferou is inscribed the text of Rimbaud’s poem “Le Bateaux Ivre”.

Composed when he was only 16 years old, “Le Bateaux Ivre”, is about the sinking of a boat lost at sea, and was inspired by Jules Verne novel “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”.

Rimbaud went on to lead an adventurous life, not un-like a character in a Jules Verne novel, living in Indonesia, Cyprus, Yemen and Ethiopia.

Rimbaud Paris 2

 

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