Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) is a riddle in the history of literature. His life is nearly as fascinating as the poetic visions he created. His body of work, concentrated in a very short period of time, left behind it an important influence in poetry, fiction, music or plastic art, which has reached our day. Suddenly, when he was about twenty, Rimbaud would abandon poetry forever to become a completely different being.
In 1870, Rimbaud began to write poetry, and passionately asserted himself as a poet. In a letter to his tutor Izambard, he declared that the poet "had to become a clairvoyant throughout a rational derangement of all senses, traversing every pain, pleasure, experience. By this time there is a change in his manners and behavior. Thefts in bookstores, alcohol drinking, rough poetry. He becomes foul-mouthed, his appearance careless, he lets his hair grow thick. A friend suggests he send a sample of his poems to French symbolist poet Paul Verlaine, who will be fascinated by the sample and will invite Arthur to visit him in Paris.
The "non-literary" years