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A postbox is an unexpected find in a cemetery.
Painted gold, the metal box displays a portrait of the 19th Century poet Arthur Rimbaud, who is buried here at Charleville.
The postbox was installed because people write to him. Even now. The French Ardennes, close to the Belgian border, celebrate the young poet, who died 125 years ago this month.
The delightfully elegant Charleville, founded in 1606 by Charles, Duke of Mantua – the hometown of 19th Century poet Arthur Rimbaud, who is buried here (photo credit to Daily Mail)
Although Rimbaud’s writing career lasted only five years, his influence stretches across the arts, from Picasso to Bob Dylan, who, when introduced to his writing, said that ‘the bells went off’.
Mr Tambourine Man alludes to Le Bateau Ivre (Drunken Boat), often considered Rimbaud’s best work.
Rimbaud stopped writing at 21, eventually becoming a trader in Ethiopia, but still people come to pay homage. We were, in a way, also doing that.
Half the appeal was the landscape of the Ardennes – the thickly wooded region just a three-hour drive from Calais – but I also wanted to know more about this charismatic poet.
In the house where Rimbaud spent his adolescent years, now La Maison d’Ailleurs (the House of Elsewhere), the curator produced two boxes crammed with recent post, including stapled sheets of poems, photos, and a T-shirt.
These items are not on show but the more beautiful letters are read during poetry events.
Painted gold, the metal box displays a portrait of the poet and was installed because people still write to him to this day (photo credit to Daily Mail)