Arthur Rimbaud - Wikipedia
French poets Rimbaud and Verlaine lived in Royal College Street in however, after Verlaine returned one morning from Camden market Relationships have all been bad/ Mine have been like Verlaine's and Rimbaud. Letters: It was here that Rimbaud wrote his most iconoclastic verse and where the tempestuous relationship between the French with a fish bought in Camden market, a dash across the Channel and a gunshot in Brussels. The London home of Verlaine and Rimbaud, the enfants terribles of Since the house is currently on the market, it is a history that is in danger of being lost. Their relationship ended with a slap in the face with a wet fish.
One fact that is confirmed is that in early Novemberthe pair attended a militant meeting among "ultra-communard" types in a room above the Hibernia Street Arms, a pub in Old Compton Street. It is this event that is being celebrated by artist Michael Clark in his "site-specific sound sculpture", Drawing Breath.
The sound sculpture - a mini-symphony of inhalations, echoes and vowels - can be "heard" in the doorway of Janus, one of the longest-established sex shops in Soho. As the Janus website boasts: Since his death in at only 37, Rimbaud has inspired near-religious devotion.
Henry Miller wrote about him: As Clark suggests, he was the quintessential visionary, self-destructive, absinthe-quaffing young genius.
He completed all his poetry before he was 21 and then headed off to Abyssinia to become a gun runner and, some say, a slave trader. He scandalised literary Paris by eloping with Verlaine who was subsequently jailed for shooting him. As Rimbaud confessed in his book A Season in Hell, he embraced degradation and tried to "derange all his senses" in a bid to write a new kind of verse.
As far as the cult around him is concerned, it helped that he looked so good. He did so with much enthusiasm, turning the air blue with his expletives.
The passion of Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine
However, in the edit, the tide of abuse ran the risk of drawing attention away from the really important thing about the exchange, the effect that it had on Verlaine, who was at the receiving end. We solved the problem by both editing down the abuse and bringing up the modern traffic noise to almost drown out the words.
I hope that the effect now is to make the audience identify more with Verlaine as the blood rushes to his ears in fury and mortification. We also had to include a number of what would normally be regarded as special effects, without the budget to really do so. This included the staging of two separate knife fights, complete with blood and wounds being inflicted, and the celebrated moment when Verlaine hits Rimbaud in the face with the fish.
In these challenges we were lucky to be able to work with a professional fight choreographer.Total Eclipse - Arthur & Paul
But we also needed to use sound and the careful editing to make these scenes work, and to ensure that they fitted comfortably within the narrative. I was particularly pleased with the moment when blood was flicked on to the hand of the producer. This was achieved by a close up of a knife, dripping in blood, being flicked.
Although perhaps a superfluous movement in a knife fight, this very short shot had the merit both of heightening the drama and sense of danger represented by the inadequately wrapped weapon, and explaining how blood had travelled from the knife on to the hand of the producer. I think that the shot ends up looking both exciting and believable.
Even more difficult was the blow from the fish. This rather too realistic shot was the one that we used in the final edit, although additional sound was used to better convey the painful slap of fish on bare skin. What I wanted was a single scene in which Rimbaud circled around his fellow poet, stealing a drink from him, then expostulating on the nature of art, and finally insulting Verlaine and provoking him to throw a drink in his face.
Une saison en Camden: Rimbaud and Verlaine in Victorian London | The Great Wen
To achieve this dramatic sense of movement we needed to take multiple shots from different angles, and to engineer a series of complex changes. Travels — [ edit ] Rimbaud self-portrait in Harar in Some speculate he was fed up with his former wild living, or that the recklessness itself had been the source of his creativity. He continued to travel extensively in Europe, mostly on foot.
- Une saison en Camden: Rimbaud and Verlaine in Victorian London
- House of Knives - Director's Statement
- The most notorious gun in French literature
Four months later he deserted and fled into the jungle. He managed to return incognito to France by ship; as a deserter he would have faced a Dutch firing squad had he been caught. Abyssinia — [ edit ] In Rimbaud finally settled in AdenYemen, as a main employee in the Bardey agency,  going on to run the firm's agency in HararEthiopia.
At the same time he also engaged in exploring and struck up a close friendship with the Governor of Harar, Ras Makonnen Wolde Mikaelfather of future emperor Haile Selassie. Rimbaud worked in the coffee trade. He was only the third European ever to set foot in the city, and the first to do business there".
The inscription reads Priez pour lui "Pray for him". In Februaryin Aden, Rimbaud developed what he initially thought was arthritis in his right knee. He spent some time there in great pain, attended by his sister Isabelle. He received the last rites from a priest before dying on 10 November at the age of The priest, shaken by so much reverence for God, administered the last rites.
Thanks to Isabelle, Rimbaud was brought to Charleville and buried in its cemetery with great pomp. He still lies there, next to his sister Vitalie, beneath a simple marble monument. The first was written 13 May to Izambard, in which Rimbaud explained: I'm now making myself as scummy as I can.
I want to be a poet, and I'm working at turning myself into a seer. You won't understand any of this, and I'm almost incapable of explaining it to you.