Arthur Rimbaud
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"Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud" was a French poet born in Charleville-Mézières/Charleville, Ardennes. He influenced modern literature and arts, inspired various musicians, and prefigured surrealism. He started writing poems at a very young age, while still in primary school, and stopped completely before he turned 21. He was mostly creative in his teens (17–20). His "genius, its flowering, explosion and sudden extinction, still astonishes".

Rimbaud was known to have been a libertine and for being a restless soul. He traveled extensively on three continents before his death from cancer just after his thirty-seventh birthday.

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I have stretched ropes from steeple to steeple; garlands from window to window; golden chains from star to star, and I dance.

Idle youth, enslaved to everything; by being too sensitive I have wasted my life.

Life is the farce which everyone has to perform.

The Sun, the hearth of affection and life, pours burning love on the delighted earth.

I believe that I am in hell, therefore I am there.

Only divine love bestows the keys of knowledge.

I is another.

Romanticism has never been properly judged. Who was there to judge it? The critics!

One evening I sat Beauty on my knees /And I found her bitter /And I reviled her.