Memorial

Rimbaud and Verlaine Rimbaud and Verlaine

Credit for this entry to:
Jean-Michel Pochet

Plaque: Rimbaud and Verlaine

"It’s necessary to be absolutely modern"
Here stood the mansion "The Town of Courtrai",
where, on 10 July 1873,
Paul Verlaine wounded Arthur Rimbaud
with a shot from a revolver.

Plaque placed by the Belgian French
Community on the centenary of the death
of Arthur Rimbaud
- 10 November 1991 -

Original inscription:

« Il faut être absolument moderne »
ICI S’ÉLEVAIT
L’HOTEL « À LA VILLE DE COURTRAI »,
OÙ, LE 10 JUILLET 1873,
PAUL VERLAINE BLESSA ARTHUR RIMBAUD
D’UN COUP DE REVOLVER.

PLAQUE RÉALISÉE PAR LA COMMUNAUTÉ
FRANCAISE DE BELGIQUE À L’OCCASION DU
CENTENAIRE DE LA MORT D’ARTHUR RIMBAUD
- 10 NOVEMBRE 1991 -

Chosen as our featured memorial in July 2004. The decadent relationship lived by this outrageous pair has left a trail of plaques across London and Brussels. Start your virtual journey in their footsteps right here.

Verlaine and Rimbaud had a homosexual relationship which was sado-masochistic and volatile. You can trace their earlier relationship in London on LondonRemembers. Following an argument in London Verlaine left Rimbaud there and came to Brussels. He then persuaded Rimbaud to join him but obviously the relationship had not improved. After an absinthe session Verlaine shot Rimbaud twice, hitting him in the wrist and was sent to prison for 2 years for attempted murder. Jean-Michel Pochet tells us that the gun was bought at 9:00 am from 11, Galerie St.Hubert and that the shooting took place on 10 July at about 14:30.

Site: Rimbaud and Verlaine (1 memorial)

1000, rue des Brasseurs, 1

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Subjects commemorated

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Arthur Rimbaud

French poet. Born Charleville, Ardennes, France. Died Marseilles, France. T...

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Paul Verlaine

French poet. Born Metz, France. Died Paris, France. Before the incident in...

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