Poetic License

In 1872, at the age of 17, the French poet Arthur Rimbaud first read aloud his poem  "Le Bateau Ivre" (The Drunken Boat) to a group of friends in a café on Place St. Sulpice. The 100-line gem of a poem, full of delirious visions and images about a boat swamped and sinking at sea, now adorns a once-barren wall on nearby rue Ferou between St. Sulpice and the Luxembourg Gardens. Its presence there is the work of a Dutch foundation, Tegen Beeld, which specializes in putting poetry on walls. An inscription reads that as Rimbaud was reciting the poem, "...In our imagination, the wind blew toward  the right, from St. Sulpice, down rue Ferou." Apparently this is the foundation's first installation outside of the Netherlands. It seems appropriate that it should be in Paris. It's a delight.