Genius, cursed, revolutionary, brat… All superlatives are good to qualify Arthur RimbaudIncluding the dazzling (he writes all his poems over a period of 8 years) has crossed generations and borders.
Born in Charleville in 1854 and buried in 1891 a few steps from the Ducal Square at the avenue Boutet cemetery, Arthur Rimbaud, poet with soles of wind, still haunts the Ardennes. It is that he traveled through them intensely before launching an assault on the world.
To breathe, escape, be inspired, dream with his friend Delahaye in Charleville and elsewhere, to join Verlaine in the Belgian Ardennes, or to take refuge in the Roche family farm where he will write one of his masterpieces, A season in Hell.
In Charleville-Mézières, meet the poet.
- The Rimbaud route, to live independently or on a guided tour, invites you to walk the streets he has taken and discover murals, works of street-art illustrating his poems.
- The Rimbaud Museum houses real treasures: manuscripts, African trunk and works by the greatest artists inspired by Rimbaud (Fernand Léger, Picasso, Valentine Hugo, Cocteau, Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Patti Smith, etc.)
- The House of Elsewhere : house where he lived as a teenager and where he wrote The sleeper of the valley, The drunken Boat…
- The cemetery and its mailbox where he still receives mail from all over the world.
And still elsewhere in the Ardennes
At Rock, take the discovery trail on the Pas de Rimbaud (completely renewed in 2022).
Follow again Rimbaud-Verlaine road which will take you to key places in their individual and shared journeys, in Juniville, Bouillon, Paliseul…
Museum Arthur Rimbaud
House of Elsewhere
08000 CHARLEVILLE MEZIERES