The Poetry of Rimbaud
Cohn's analysis, combined with a substantial introduction, weaves together the known biographical facts with major clues from the poems to present a coherent portrait of the inner and outwardly imaged world of the young poet. Cohn draws on nondoctrinaire and open-minded approaches of modern depth psychology and philosophy and, most particularly, on the dazzlingly integral cosmic vision of Mallarmé.
The resulting unified view affords insights into the meaning of many difficult passages, especially in the most hermetic and resistant of the Illuminations. Cohn also reveals the early poems, which heretofore received little attention, to be rich in poetic humanity. He suggests that the seeds of Rimbaud's later development lie in these early poems, which provide convincing paths into subsequent complexities.
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"Offers profound and original insights into Rimbaud's poetry."—French Review
"An excellent study of Rimbaud's poetry."—Library Journal
"In language devoid of all jargon, Cohn provides brilliant interpretations of Rimbaud's complete lyrical production. This is an important new book on Rimbaud."—Virginia Quarterly Review
"An elaborate book of interpretive criticism."—Commonweal
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