|Arthur Rimbaud is buried in
Charleville-Mezieres Cimetière, Ardennes, France, Europe.
Grave of Rimbaud
At the age of six Rimbaud's father deserted the
family and Rimbaud was brought up by his mother who he later
resented for her conservative attitudes. He was also fiercely
opposed to orthodox religion.
Rimbaud was a passionate and tortured individual
who found his poetic voice early. By the age of 17 he had already
written his accomplished poem Le Bateau ivre. In 1870, at
the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war, he ran away from home and
lived for almost a year as a vagabond.
In 1871 he met fellow poet Paul Verlaine and they embarked on a tempestuous love affair. (He
had previously sent poems to Verlaine.) During their time together they made two trips to London
and it was here that Rimbaud began his famous prose poem A Season in Hell.
However, Rimbaud and Verlaine quarrelled frequently and during a
visit to Brussels Verlaine shot Rimbaud in the wrist. Verlaine
subsequently went to prison for two years.