In 1866, Arthur Rimbaud at the age of 12. On the benches of the college of Charleville, with his comrades, he dreams of mounting an expedition to the discovery of the sources of the Nile. This is only an imaginary trip, but already it does not take place. It does not bear the bitter cold of the Ardennes, his family comforts petit-bourgeois. He wins, of course we all the first prizes in latin and literature, but it is necessary for him to flee. He fugue, moved to Paris, into the heart, lost in the poetry, common Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Charles Cros, and Paul Verlaine, seeks recognition, immediately, too quickly.

at 20 years old, it can not most of the salons worldly. He wrote A season in hell, where he refers to the people of Cham, and puts a final end to his passion for words. Leave everything to “make gold” and closer to “reality ” rough” of distant lands.

self-Portrait of Arthur Rimbaud under a banana tree, in the vicinity of Harar (1883). Collection BNF

The poet discovers the adventurer, undertakes a time in the colonial army in the netherlands and then sailed for the East. It runs along the coasts of the Red sea before …

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