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'The Significance of the Child in the Poetry of Arthur Rimbaud'

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Macklin, Gerald (1981) 'The Significance of the Child in the Poetry of Arthur Rimbaud'. NIMLA - JOURNAL OF THE MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIASTION OF NORTHERN IRELAND, 6 . pp. 15-25. [Journal article]

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Abstract

This article examines the role of the child and childhood in the poetry of Rimbaud. It deals with childhood innocence, the powerful imaginative vitality of the child, the child as rebel and the idea of the broken family. For Rimbaud the child is a preferential identity ('Enfance IV') and there is a strong case for seeing the child as synonymous with the poet in his eyes. Beginning with the early Poésies, the paper takes examples from 'Le Bateau ivre', 'Les Poètes des sept ans' and 'Les Effarés' to examine the child's imaginative adventures, his rebellion against the authoritarian mother figure and his role as urchin and outcast. In terms of the prose poetry of the Illuminations, the poem 'Enfance' must be given pride of place as it explores the child as creator, the child's experience of exclusion and the child's ability to play many roles at the same time - inventor, walker, mystic and so on. In 'Aube' we find the child engaged in the frantic pursuit of the goddess of the dawn, an allegory of the search for truth and love. The child is seen as utterly at one with nature but the adventure ends in tragedy and anti-climax. It is logical that Rimbaud abandoned poetry with the passing of his own youth and adolescence.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:child; childhood; imagination; revolt
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Modern Languages
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > European Languages and Studies
ID Code:19323
Deposited By:Dr Gerald Macklin
Deposited On:30 Aug 2011 19:34
Last Modified:30 Aug 2011 19:34

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