The Theatre of Words

Kline, A. S. (b.1947), authored by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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The Theatre of Words is a new commentary on the enigmatic world of Arthur Rimbaud, whose brief literary career transformed poetic conventions. The work explores Rimbaud's tumultuous adolescence, his revolutionary approach to language, and his influence on subsequent literary movements.

Rimbaud's ‘theatre of words,’ challenges the conventional divide between the author and their art, embodying the concept that the concept that ‘I is another.’ His quest to transcend mundane existence through poetic art sought not only to merge the spiritual and corporeal but also to confront the existential void left by the waning of theology and the rise of Newtonian science.

The commentary examines Rimbaud's complex rebellion against the societal constraints of his time, including his later rejection of literature for a life of commerce in Africa. This shift underscores his deeper search for personal freedom and simplicity, away from the complexities of European society. Despite his early departure from the literary scene, Rimbaud's innovative use of imagery and dreamlike states prefigured the Surrealist movement, leaving a lasting impact on the arts.

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Kline, A. S.

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