The Drunken Boat (Arthur Rimbaud)
As I floated down impassable rivers,
I felt the boatmen no longer guiding me:
After them came redskins who with war cries
Nailed them naked to the painted poles.
I was oblivious to the crew,
I who bore Flemish wheat and English cotton.
When the racket was finished with my boatmen,
The Waters let me drift my own free way.
In the tide's furious pounding,
I, the other winter, emptier than children's minds,
I sailed! And the unmoored peninsulas
Have not suffered more triumphant turmoils.
The tempest blessed my maritime watches.
Lighter than a cork I danced on the waves,
Those eternal rollers of victims,
Ten nights without regretting the lantern-foolish eye!
Sweeter than the bite of sour apples to a child,
The green water seeped through my wooden hull,
Rinsed me with blue wine swim and vomit,
Broke apart grappling iron and rudder.
And then I bathed myself in the poetry
Of the star-sprayed milk-white sea,
Devouring the azure greens; where, pale
And ravished, a pensive drowned one sometimes floats:
Where, suddenly staining the blueness, frenzies
Stronger than alcohol, vaster than our lyres"
The russet bitterness of love ferments ...
I have dreamed of the green night bedazzled with snow,
A kiss climbing slowly to the eyes of the sea,
The flow of unforgettable sap,
And the yellow-blue waking of singing phosphorous!
Long months I have followed, like maddened cattle,
The surge assaulting the rocks
Without dreaming that the Virgin's luminous feet
Could force a muzzle on the panting ocean!
I have struck against the shares of incredible Floridas
Mixing panther-eyed flowers like human skins!
Rainbows stretched like bridle reins
Under the ocean's horizon, toward sea-green troops!
I'm a reasonably intelligent human being, but my stepson is supposed to write an essay on what this poem means, and I have no idea how to guide him. He's got Asperger's, so he tends to think very concretely anyway, so Symbolist poetry isn't his forte anyway.
Asked by Ballad at 4:08 PM on Feb. 24, 2013 inLevel 45 (193,996 Credits)
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Answer by Dardenella at 4:36 PM on Feb. 24, 2013
Google is your friend!
of course you should read it and come up with your own or his own essay but this could guide you I am sure
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