Classic and Contemporary Poetry
BEING BEAUTEOUS, by ARTHUR RIMBAUD Poet's Biography
First Line: Standing against the snow, a tall being of beauty
Last Line: Cannon I must fall on, in the battle of trees and light air!
Standing against the snow, a tall Being of beauty. Rattlings of death and
rings of muted music make her adorable body rise, expand, and tremble like a
ghost. Scarlet and black wounds burst on the proud flesh. Life's own colors
darken, dance, and separate to cluster about the Vision in the market place.
Shudders rise and scorn the violent taste of these effects, mingling with the
death rattles and raucous music which the world, far behind us, hurls at our
mother of beauty -- She draws back, she stands erect. Oh, our bones have put on
a new amorous body!
Oh, the ash-colored face, the horsehair escutcheon, the crystal arms! And the
cannon I must fall on, in the battle of trees and light air!
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