Selected Poetry

Selected Poetry

by Victor Hugo
     
 

This generous, varied selection of poems by one of France's best-loved and most reviled poets is presented with facing originals, detailed notes, and a lively introduction to the author's life and work.

Steven Monte presents more than eighty poems in translation and in the original French, taken from the earliest poetic publications of the 1820's, through

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This generous, varied selection of poems by one of France's best-loved and most reviled poets is presented with facing originals, detailed notes, and a lively introduction to the author's life and work.

Steven Monte presents more than eighty poems in translation and in the original French, taken from the earliest poetic publications of the 1820's, through collections published during exile, to works published in the years following Hugo's death in 1883. The introduction provides helpful background information about Hugo's life and work, the selection, and what is involved in translating a poet whose effortless rhymes are central to the poetry's power. Detailed notes at the back of the volume offer information about the poems and their publishing and historical contexts. This is an ideal introduction to a poet whose work, for all its renown, remains for Anglophone readers undiscovered.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415940764
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Series:
Fyfield Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

To My Odes3
The Captive5
Moonlight9
The Djinns11
Reverie17
Rapture19
The Slope of Reverie21
Setting Suns (II)29
Setting Suns (VI)31
To the Column33
To Albrecht Durer39
'The war that scoundrel wages ...'41
The Cow43
'Just as in a forest's drowsy pools ... '45
Written on the pane of a Flemish window45
Olympio's Sadness47
Oceano Nox55
June Nights59
Memory of the Night of the Fourth61
What the poet said to himself in 184863
The Expiation65
To the People85
Stella87
'Blow forever, trumpets of thought ... '89
'It was raining that night ... '91
'The poet goes away into the fields ... '95
My Two Daughters95
'The clarity that fills ... '97
To Andre Chenier99
Life in the Fields99
Reply to an Act of Accusation105
Vere Novo115
The Party at Therese's115
'Happy the man ... '121
A Stop in the Middle of a Walk121
The Spinning Wheel of Omphale125
Letter127
Words Spoken in the Shadows129
Written on the Bottom of a Crucifix131
'Seeing her grandmother occupied spinning wool ... '131
Magnitudo Parvi131
'I felt I had gone mad ... '135
'She had formed this habit ... '135
'She was place ... '137
'Oh spring! oh dawn! on memories! ... '139
Veni, Vidi, Vixi143
'Tomorrow, at dawn ... '145
At Villequier147
Mors155
The Beggar157
Words on the Dunes159
Mugitusque Boum161
'I paid the fisherman ... '163
Shepherds and Flocks165
'I gathered this flower for you on the hill ... '167
'Strophe of the poet ... '169
'A shade was waiting ... '171
'One day the solemn spirit ... '173
Clearing173
Nomen, Numen, Lumen175
To the One Who Stayed Behind in France177
Sowing Season, Evening197
'The troop of children read and spell ... '197
The Lion's Midday Sleep201
'I'm setting out to narrate that horrific year ... '203
On Top of Paris's Ramparts203
1 January205
Letter to a Woman205
Open Windows211
Jeannine Asleep ('She's asleep ... ')211
Conscience215
Boaz Asleep217
Christ's First Encounter with the Tomb223
The Hydra229
Mohammed229
The Parricide229
The Work of the Prisoners237
The Infanta's Rose241
After the Battle253
The Sister of Mercy255
After the Battle of the Caudine Forks257
Et Nox Facta Est259
'The hexameter ... '261
The Theophile Gautier261
Notes267
Index of Titles296
Index of First Lines301

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