Enid Starkie (essay date 1961)
SOURCE: "Une Saison en enfer," in Arthur Rimbaud, New Directions, 1961, pp. 287-313.
[In the following excerpt from her book-length treatment of Rimbaud's life and works, Starkie identifies three principal themes in Une Saison en enfer: sin, belief in God, and conformity to the realities of human existence. She asserts that Une Saison reveals Rimbaud's inability either to resolve the conflict between good and evil, trade personal freedom for the love of God, or compromise his idealistic principles.]
With Le Bateau Ivre, Mémoire and certain poems from Illuminations, Une Saison en Enfer ranks as Rimbaud's greatest work. It contains...
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