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Understandably a poets life and circumstances will affect his poetry as poetry often speaks of experience or feelings generated by those experiences The 19th Century French poet Rimbaud led a most unorthodox life He was a homosexual extremely antireligious and opinionated to say the least His poetry is much like his life that is it is often unorthodox ARTHUR RIMBAUD 1854-1891 BIOGRAPHY Jean Nicholas Arthur Rimbaud was born October 24 1854 in Chareleville France His father Frederic held the rank of Captain of Infantry in the French Military he had risen to this position from that of a mere recruit For much of Rimbauds early childhood he was stationed in Northern Africa His father had also written several unpublished military works and had translated the Koran into French which Rimbaud would later use to study Arabic Rimbauds mother and father separated when he was six his mother Marie-Catherine was left to raise his siblings and him by herself as Rimbauds father was not heard from again His mother was a stern woman who raised her children in a rigid manner controlling even the books they read Rimbaud was an advanced clever child who was also particularly religious owing to his mothers beliefs Whilst attending the Rossat Institute Rimbaud aged ten wrote the poem Le Soleil etait Encore Chaud The Sun was Still Warm In 1868 Rimbaud was invited to address sixty Latin hexameters to the Imperial Prince on the occasion of his first communion The princes tutor asked Rimbauds headmaster to thank him publicly In 1869 Rimbaud won a prestigious Latin poetry prize his first French verse composition Les Etennes des Orphetins The Orphans New Year Gift was also printed this in year In 1870 Rimbaud ran away from home aiming to make it to Paris he was however arrested for not having a train ticket and was forced to return home From this time
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