Thursday, February 15, 2007

Brussels: Where Arthur Rimbaud shot Paul Verlaine

Close to Grand Place you find this plaque that translates "Here stood L'Hôtel a la ville de Courtrai, where the 10th of July 1873 Paul Verlaine wounded Arthur Rimbaud with a revolver."

The relationship between the two gifted poets Rimbaud and Verlaine are brilliantly portrayed in the film Total Eclipse, where Leonardo di Caprio gives life to the young and brilliantly gifted poet Arthur Rimbaud. He and Verlaine were passionate lovers after Verlaine had abandoned his son and his wife to stay with Rimbaud, 10 years his junior. Their relationship ended tragically as Verlaine was imprisoned in connection with the shooting accused for this deed and also (rightfully) accused of sodomy.

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