The Drunken Boat, poem by the year-old French poet Arthur Rimbaud, written in as “Le Bateau ivre” and often considered his finest poem. The poem. The Drunken Boat by Arthur I drifted on a river I could not control No longer guided by the bargemens ropes. They were captured by howling. Old mill at Charleville on the river Meuse around the turn of the century. To the right is quai Madeleine where Rimbaud lived with his mother, brother, and sisters .

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I have followed, for whole months on end, the swells battering the reefs like hysterical herds of cows, never dreaming that the luminous feet of the Marys could muzzle by force the snorting Oceans! I have seen sidereal archipelagos! Carrying Flemish wheat or English cotton, I was indifferent to all my crews.

Now I, a boat lost in the foliage of caves, Thrown by the storm into the birdless air, I whose water-drunk carcass would not have been rescued By the Monitors and the Hanseatic sailboats; Free, smoking, topped with violet fog, I who pierced the reddening sky like a wall Bearing–delicious jam for good poets– Lichens of sunlight and mucus of azure; Who ran, spotted with small electric moons, A wild plank, escorted by black seahorses, When Julys beat down with blows of cudgels The ultramarine skies with burning funnels; I, who trembled, hearing at fifty leagues off The moaning of the Behemoths in heat and the thick Maelstroms, I, eternal spinner of the blue immobility, Miss Europe with its ancient parapets!

Lighter than cork, I revolved upon waves That roll rimmbaud dead forever in the deep, Rimaud days, beyond the blinking eyes of land! Thank You for Your Contribution! Internet URLs are the best.

The Drunken Boat poem by Rimbaud. I have come to know the skies splitting with lightnings, and the waterspouts And the breakers and currents; I know the evening, And Dawn rising up like a flock of doves, And sometimes I have seen what men have imagined they saw!

The Drunken Boat Poem by Arthur Rimbaud – Poem Hunter

And isles Whose maddened skies open for the sailor: Free, smoking, risen from violet fogs, I who bored through the wall of the reddening sky Which bears a sweetmeat good poets find delicious, Lichens of sunlight [mixed] with azure snot. The boat’s and reader’s mounting astonishment reaches its high point in lines Dawns are heartbreaking Every sun is agonizing, every moon is cruel Acrid love has swollen me with drunken torpors Split apart my keel!


The Rivers let me float down as I wished, When the victims and the sounds were through. The Redskins took my hauliers for targets, And nailed them naked drunkej their painted posts. And no unmoored peninsula ever knew More triumphant uproar than I made I cared no more for other boats or cargoes: In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

Rainbows stretched like bridles under the sea’s horizon to glaucous herds!

The Drunken Boat – Poem by Arthur Rimbaud

French Wikisource has original text related to this article: There was a problem with your submission. For months, I’ve followed the swells assaulting the reefs like hysterical herds, without ever thinking that the luminous feet of some Mary could muzzle the panting Deep. Charles BaudelaireFrench poet, translator, and literary and art critic whose reputation rests primarily on Les Fleurs du mal ; The Flowers of Evilwhich was perhaps the most important and influential poetry collection published in….


Light as a cork I danced upon the waves, ten nights And never missed the lantern’s idiot eyes If I do desire any Drunkem water It’s the cold black pond at twilight Where a lone child crouches, eyes full of sorrow, And sets sail a boat frail as a butterfly in May. In the furious splashing of the waves, I — that other winter, deafer than the minds drrunken children — ran!

I dreamed of green nights and glittering snow, Slow kisses rising in the eyes of the sea, Unknown liquids flowing, the blue and yellow Stirring of phosphorescent melody!

Le Bateau ivre

I long for Europe with its ancient parapets O let my keel burst! Gaudy Redskins had taken them for targets Nailing them naked to coloured stakes. The Dawns Are heartbreaking, each moon hell, each sun bitter: What do we care, drujken heart Let my keel burst! Then I bathed in the Poem of the Sea, Infused with stars, the milk-white spume blends, Grazing green azures: Almost an island, tossing on my beaches the brawls And droppings of pale-eyed, clamouring birds, And I was scudding along when across my frayed cordage Drowned men sank backwards into sleep!


Presque ile, ballottant sur mes bords les querelles Et les fientes d’oiseaux clabaudeurs aux yeux blonds. Fierce love has swallowed me in drunken torpors.

I, who trembled to hear those agonies Of rutting Behemoths and dark Maelstroms, Eternal spinner of blue immobilities, I regret the ancient parapets of Europe! Bathed in your languor, waves, I can no longer Cut across the wakes hoat cotton ships, Or sail against the pride of flags, ensigns, Or swim the dreadful gaze of prison ships. Who ran, stained with electric moonlets, A crazed plank, companied by black sea-horses, When Julys were crushing with cudgel blows Skies of ultramarine in burning funnels: If you continue without changing your settings, we’ll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on this website.

Into the furious breakers of the sea, Deafer than the ears of a child, last winter, I ran! This website is using cookies. In order to keep the wave shape I’ve rimabud several verses together and moved the “O million golden birds” verse from its original place four verses from the end. Downfalls of waters in the midst of the calm, and distances cataracting down into abysses! To these attractions are added alexandrines of immediate aural appeal: As I came floating down impassive rivers I felt myself no longer guided by the bargemen’s hands Howling natives hauled them up for targets Nailed them naked onto painted poles.

Fierce love has swallowed me in drunken torpors. Into the ferocious tide-rips, last winter, more absorbed than the minds of children, I ran! Kline As I floated down impassive Rivers, I felt noat no longer pulled by ropes: French poems poems Arthur Rimbaud. I’ve dreamed the evening green with dazzled snow and singing phosphor And kisses rising slowly on the eyelids of the sea Hideous wrecks at the bottom of muddy gulfs where giant serpents, devoured by lice, drop with black perfume out of twisted trees!

O let me go into the sea! And the unmoored Peninsulas Never endured more triumphant clamourings.

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