Long intimidating immense and rational derangement of all the senses

In other words, he got off his tits on absinthe and hashish, revelled in disorderliness, and indulged in copious amounts of sex, often with his lover, the taciturn, abusive fellow scribe, Paul Verlaine.Such behaviour scandalised contemporary society and probably took its toll on this restless soul, as he quit writing when barely 21.

Their unrivalled domination extended to forming the team that won the Davis Cup six years in a row (1927-1932), and all were ranked in the world’s top ten for two seasons running.The original enfant terrible, this precocious poet started composing verse in his early teens.Born in Charleville-Mézières (northern France) in 1854, Rimbaud believed that in order to develop his oeuvre, what was required was a “long, intimidating, immense and rational derangement of all the senses”.We’ve had five decades of musicians singing slyly or not so slyly about how much they like drugs, feeding the rebellion mythology that has been around as long as the music itself.We’ve had “Heroin” and “Sister Morphine,” we’ve had “Cocaine” and “White Lines.” We’ve had “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “Higher Than the Sun.” We’ve had “Sweet Leaf” and “Legalize It!” We’ve even had Toby Keith singing about smoking weed with Willie Nelson, for Chrissakes.

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