'About me. The history of one of my follies.'
Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) was a nineteenth century French poet. His poetry was produced when he was very young - he gave up writing when he was 21, reputation already secured. He had an intense, torturous affair with Paul Verlaine (writer of Clair de Lune). After retiring from poetry he travelled the world, enlisting as a soldier in the Dutch Colonial Army and eventually settling in Aden, in Yemen. Rimbaud died of cancer when he was 37.