The Rimbaud myth is a little like the James Dean of the 19th century: his life was short but rich. Everything has been said about Rimbaud... But despite everything that has been written, all the studies, the genius of this rascal remains inexplicable. Rimbaud is the young man who discovered perfect poetry, at a stroke. He wrote his first poem at the age of 15 and completed his work at 21, laying down his pen forever. In just six years, this young man was to revolutionise French poetry.
The museum, an old 17th-century mill, contains some remarkable illustrations of the poems by Picasso, Cocteau and Fernand Léger. It houses the personal effects of Rimbaud and his trunk, with which he went to the ends of the earth.
Information: This museum will be closed in 2014 while work is carried out. Until it reopens, a space dedicated to the poet is open to the public in the Museum of the Ardennes.
08000 Charleville Mézières
Tel : 0033(0)3 24 32 44 65