Rimbaud—a mythic name—his life as extraordinary as his work was influential Dr. Starkie, a lecturer in French literature at Oxford, has devoted many years of. LibraryThing Review. User Review – – LibraryThing. A justly famous biography that captures the essence of Rimbaud. Starkie is especially good at. In her biography of Rimbaud, Enid Starkie theorises that he discovered his sexuality after he was raped by soldiers. For Rimbaud, this.

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In fact, underlying much of Starkie’s narration is the idea that Rimbaud’s abandonment of poetry—in her mind a childish, prideful act—actually produced his death, so that his turning away from poetry becomes a kind of suicide.

Rimbaud and Verlaine’s silly fixations

My solution worked, and I could scarcely put the book down. Starkie was born in KillineyCo. But it was no tragedy for Rimbaud; it was not even an abandonment of poetry per sebut of the kind of poetry he had taught himself to write.

A Biography by Enid Irmbaud. An article in Time magazine portrayed her as “a brilliant Rimbaud scholar who pub-crawls about Oxford in bright red slacks and beret while smoking cigars.

It was given by an old friend, why I cannot say.

Some were intensely pleasurable, but by no means all. Selected pages Title Page. She argued that “the Chair ought to go to someone outside the University, to someone who would not otherwise be heard in Oxford.


A mid the various booty that came my way on my 70th birthday is Edmund White’s new biography, Rimbaud: Estoy de acuerdo con Joseph, la siguiente cita me parece muy precisa: There is good evidence, after all, that he meant to return to some kind of literary life.

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Starkie mysteriously defends Rimbaud’s mother, who withheld affection from her children in the most nakedly manipulative ways, while condemning Rimbaud for his weakness in dealing with the emotional blackmail of Verlaine—a pattern of rebellion and capitulation that was clearly cultivated at his mother’s knee.

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Then the doctor ordered for him a soporific, to be taken at night, so that he could snatch some sleep. Here, for example, she gives us an affecting scene from Rimbaud’s last days. AudenRobert Gravesand Edmund Blunden in subsequent elections for the Chair, leading one critic to complain that, “This was a serious academic affair until Dr.

Jordan rated it liked it Jun 16, To suggest that anyone would worship an anus is a consciously outrageous contrivance. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. She repeatedly compares Rimbaud’s “childish,” “uncontrollable” genius with Baudelaire’s “perfection” of form, but fails to see that Baudelaire’s genius was backward-looking, a long goodbye in the failing twilight of a classical ideal, while Rimbaud’s embraced both the collapsing now of his historical moment and the nascent future to whose radical potential for spiritual renewal he gave such tortured voice.

And yet finally—many years after buying the book—a strategem comes to mind, and a few days later you’ve read it, enjoyed it, been somehow awakened by it. What is interesting is that Starkie, looking at anal penetration from a woman’s point of view, rather than regarding it as a holy ritual and the highest form of intimacy, could see just how ordinary and unrefined it actually is.


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The actual title of the sonnet, not given by White, is L’Idole. Moi aussi j’ai un trou du cul – and it interests gimbaud not at all.

Book ratings by Goodreads. No trivia or quizzes yet. Paolo Rinco rated it it was amazing Jun 19, Rimbaud fascinates White and his readers because he controlled, harassed and terrorised Verlaine “in the bedroom”.

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May 20, Velvetink marked it as to-read Shelves: Kevin Aichler rated it really liked it Mar 16, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But nothing could be further from the spirit of Rimbaud’s work and life, for both of which he continued to have high hopes until his end was manifestly upon him.

All that said, Starkie does provide many moments of insight, not through interpretation but through description.

This is White’s version of part of the octave by Verlaine: Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

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