Arthur Rimbaud

A Season in Hell

“I dread winter because it is the season of comfort.”

A Season in Hell, is a selection of poems and essays from French poet Arthur Rimbaud. They are highly confessional and self-exploratory, predating modern literature and – most amazingly – written when Rimbaud was 18.

Rimbaud (1854 – 1891) was a malcontent. He rejected the bigotry of the bourgeoisie, he had close but turbulent friendships with artists, traveled the world and dealt with lifelong alienation and loneliness. There is a passion in his words and a longing for the impossible.

This selection of prose and poems deals with emotions, alienation, beauty’s bitterness, loss, resignation, and yet… hope. Hope exists in the name of salvation, a forgiving and all- surrounding love, the highest tower of existence.

Many poets have written from the edges of society, hollering against and bemoaning debilitating conformity. What began with Rimbaud continued in the work of Allen Ginsberg, and in a more self-contained way, but with no less pain, the heart-wrenching poems of Robert Lowell.