Arthur Rimbaud was a French Decadent poet who produced his best known works in his late teens and gave up creative writing before he reached 21. This recently discovered photo is of the poet, second from the right, at around 30 years of age. Known as a libertine and a restless soul, he traveled extensively before his death from cancer shortly his 37th birthday.
On blue summer evenings, I’ll go down the paths,
Getting pricked by the wheat, walking on thin grass:
Dreamer, I’ll feel its freshness at my feet:
I’ll let the wind bathe my bare head.
I won’t speak, I won’t think about anything:
But infinite love will rise in my soul;
And I’ll go far, very far, as a bohemian,
Into Nature, — blessed as if with a woman.