'Making an ass of himself - 'Bottom' by Arthur Rimbaud'

Gerald M Macklin

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    This paper looks at Arthur Rimbaud's enigmatic little poem 'Bottom' from the prose poetry collection, the ILLUMINATIONS. It looks at some previous approaches to the poem and then proceeds to look at Rimbaud's self-presentation in the piece. Rimbaud's predilection for metamorphosis and changing identity as well as his tendency to portray aspects of his own failure in love and art come under examination. The sexual content of the text is also scrutinized and the conclusion is that in the poem Rimbaud sets out to make an ass of hiomself in every sense.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4-6
    JournalFrench Studies Bulletin
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


    • prose poem ass identity


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