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RIMBAUD Arthur (1854-1891)
Bonne pensée du matin, autograph poem
Summer 1872, 1 page in-8 in ink in a neat calligraphy, five quatrains (Consolidated sheet, slight lack of paper and restorations without reaching the textSlight horizontal and vertical foldingAutograph note in pencil from another hand)
Autograph manuscript of a poem by Arthur Rimbaud that once belonged to Paul Verlaine. One of the rare poems of Rimbaud printed in Une Saison en Enfer (1873).
There are three versions of this poem: this one; the one published in Une Saison en Enfer which presents some variants; and the one that belonged to Louis Forain and then to Pierre Berès (cf. Paris, June 20, 2006, n°108). One can note some differences between this version and the one Louis Forain owned: v. 5 "Or" instead of "Mais"; v. 9 "leurs déserts" in the plural; verse 13 "O" for "Ah". With his poems of 1872, Rimbaud transforms the academic verse: by the suppression of capital letters and punctuation, as well as by the deregulation of rhymes and metrics. He opens the way to free verse.
This poem belonged to Verlaine, it was written for him by Rimbaud. It comes from a set of Rimbaud's texts in his possession (Verlaine file).
Rimbaud is in Paris from September 1871 to February 1872. Paul Verlaine, to preserve his family, forced him to go back to the Ardennes. Rimbaud in this exile a little forced sends to Verlaine some poems, among which this one: "At four o'clock in the morning, summer
The sleep of love still lasts
Under the groves the dawn evaporates
The smell of the celebrated evening [......]
O queen of the shepherds
Bring to the workers the water of life
So that their forces may be at peace
Waiting for the bath in the sea at noon"
Mythical poem by Arthur Rimbaud and magnificent provenance
REFERENCES Steve Murphy, Arthur Rimbaud, Complete Works IV Facsimiles, p. 369; ibidem, Complete Works I Poems, p.724.
PROVENANCE Paul Verlaine; Charles de Sivry; Gustave Kahn; Charles Grolleau; Léon Vanier; Albert Messein; Pierre Bergé.
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