Born in France October 20, 1854, Arthur Rimbaud began writing poetry at 16. His verse was blasphemous and violent, pioneering what became known as the decadent movement. "The Drunken Boat," his best-known poem, was written in 1871. He was shot in 1873 by his lover, Paul Verlaine, then completed "A Season in Hell," an early work of prose Symbolism.
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