Monday, September 3, 2012
French List: Le Bateau Ivre
What it's about in a nutshell: At first read, it seems like a poem about a boat on the ocean during a storm. If you look more closely though, it's can also be interpreted as a symbolic poem about the author.
Why you should read it: It is insane that Rimbaud wrote this poem when he was just 16. The writing is stunning-the drunken boat is on the ocean during a storm, and it definitely captures that feeling. The drunken boat can also be seen as a person, maybe Rimbaud himself, and the rough waters seen as the ups and downs of life.
*painting of le bateau ivre by Jean-Pierre Chaffrey