An allusion to the stormy relationship shared between Rimbaud and Verlaine, symbolist poets whose outrageous verse and equally outrageous behaviour scandalized nineneenth-century French society. Verlaine was significantly older than the seventeen-year-old Rimbaud with whom he had a violent love affair. In an outburst of drunken rage Verlaine took a non-fatal shot at Rimbaud with a revolver. 'Une Saison en Enfer' is Rimbaud's extended poem 'A Season in Hell'. Here is an article from the Independent entitled Verlaine and Rimbaud: Poets from hell .