65THIEF OF CELESTIAL FIRE
- Dec 30, 2004"An entire lineage of poets, culminating with the surrealists. have been
struck with the relatedness between their personal experience and
"Nerval's experience in poetry is related to the Kabbala, Baudelaire's
to Swedenborg, Mallarme's to the witchcraft of evocation, Rimbaud's to
his angelic temptation and his theft of celestial fire."
"In his Promethean role, Rimbaud eradicated from his poetry almost all
trace of sentiment, and achieved in its stead a poetry of sensation, strong because it is so totally devoid of sentimentality."
"But whatever is Promethean in man is destined by its very nature to
catastrophe of tremendous proportions. The halo of lightning we associate with Prometheus, fell over Rimbaud also and caused in him a tragic extinction of poetic utterance."
--from RIMBAUD'S ILLUMINATIONS, A STUDY IN ANGELISM, by Wallace Fowlie
(Grove Press, 1953).