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The poem describes the drifting and sinking of a boat lost at sea in a fragmented first-person narrative saturated with vivid imagery and symbolism. Rimbaud, then aged 16, Je TAime - Léo Ferré - Ludwig ● LImaginaire ● Le Bateau Ivre the poem in the summer of at his childhood home in Charleville in Northern France. Rimbaud included the poem in a letter he sent to Paul Verlaine in September to introduce himself to Verlaine. Shortly afterwards, he joined Verlaine in Paris and became his lover.
Rimbaud was inspired to write the poem after reading Jules Verne 's novel Je TAime - Léo Ferré - Ludwig ● LImaginaire ● Le Bateau Ivre Thousand Leagues Under the Seawhich had recently been published in book form, and which is known to have been the source of many of the poem's allusions and images.
Another Verne novel, The Adventures of Captain Hatteraswas likely an additional source of inspiration. It is woven around the delirious visions of the eponymous boat, swamped and lost at sea. It was considered revolutionary in its use of imagery and symbolism. As I was going down impassive Rivers, I no longer felt myself guided by haulers: Yelping redskins had taken them as targets And had nailed them naked to colored stakes.
Rimbaud biographer Enid Starkie describes the poem as an anthology of memorable images and lines. The voice is One In A Million - 38 Special - Strength In Numbers of the drunken boat itself. The boat tells of becoming filled with water, thus "drunk.
The marriage of exaltation and debasement, the synesthesia, and the mounting astonishment make this hundred-line poem the fulfillment of Rimbaud's youthful poetic theory that the poet becomes a seer, a vatic being, through the disordering of the senses. O that I would go to the sea! The grandiose aspirations have deceived, leaving exhaustion and the sense of imprisonment. In this way, "Le Bateau Ivre" proleptically recapitulates Rimbaud's poetic career, which dissipated when he discovered that verse could not provide the universal understanding and harmony that it had seemed to when he was younger.
Le Bateau Ivre remains one of the gems of Sard - Chronomad - Chronomad poetry and of Rimbaud's poetic output. Vladimir Nabokov translated it to Russian in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
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