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Lives III (Vies III)
by Arthur Rimbaud (1872-75); translated by Helen Rootham (1938).

In a granary where I was shut up when I was twelve years old, I learnt to know the world; I illustrated the comedy of human life. In a cellar I learned history. At some night festivities in a northern city, I met all the models of the old painters. In an alley in Paris I was taught the classics. In a magnificent dwelling surrounded by the entire Orient, I accomplished my immense work and spent my illustrious retreat. I brewed my own blood. I am released from duty. It is unnecessary even to dream of that any more. I really come from the Beyond, and I bring no messages.

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