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Although best known as the author of Notre Dame de Paris and Les Misérables, Victor Hugo was primarily a poet—one of the most important and prolific in French history. Despite his renown, however, there are few comprehensive collections of his verse available and even fewer translated editions.

Translators E. H. and A. M. Blackmore have collected Victor Hugo's essential ver...more
Paperback, 664 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 1949)
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Excelent descriptions. I love how he makes things, the wind, the sea, rivers mountains... even a sunset come to life.
Love, love love so many poems here. Some not so much. I like to be able to pick this book up, close my eyes and let the pages flutter by until my finger stops the movement. I always find something new in this collection even if I've read many of the poems many times. Definitely not for everyone, but filled with emotion as only Victor Hugo can...

I forget where I read it, but there was a population swell
traced back directly to when the announcement was made of Hugo's death. A great tide of anguish and romance washed over the streets of Paris. I've seen pictures of the funeral procession. As throngy as any Ayatollah's affair. Amazing!
J.M. Hushour
That these are mostly pretty terrible, stylistically-speaking, is no reflection on Hugo as a writer: indeed, he is one of the titans of the modern novel, unassailable and profound. Instead, it's mostly a reflection on the stale shape of poetry during the period straddling the middle of the 19th century. With Romanticism twitching about and Symbolism and the "moderns" en route, Hugo unfortunately falls in a weird niche of unbelievably awful verse partly centered on eulogizing and panegyricizing h...more
I spent my summer vacation reading through this book, as well as the 2002 Brooks Haxton translation "Victor Hugo Selected Poems." Knowing nothing about Hugo, I also had to read up on the French Revolution and the difference between Napoleon I and Napoleon III. I'm grateful to Angeel ___, the late French scholar who last resided at a retirement home in San Mateo, for turning my attention to this major poet of the Romantic period.
Varja Hellesø
Amazing work by an amazing poet!
A very good translation, since they havn't changed too much in his poems - Victor Hugo's spirit is still in this english translation. Great work, I don't think it could have been done better!
This is the exact version I actually have, so I'm adding this to my "read" list. I'll keep the other version on my list here to remind me that there's an illustrated version of this collection out there.
This man was so talented. I have heard that he wrote one poem every day for his entire adult life! Some consider him the father of the romantic period in France.
un grand poete .. un grand homme ..
un celebre intellectuel francais de tous les temmps
ces poemes sont clairs et eternels..
You can really see how Hugo's life affected his poetry. A book full of feeling!
I love the one with title "Whose Fault Is This? (June 25, 1871)"
I still pick this up and read a bit from it. I love Hugo's poetry.
Singh Gurcharan
I just start read this book
Ava h
Aug 01, 2007 Ava h added it  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: hogo
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Victor-Marie Hugo was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights campaigner, and perhaps the most influential exponent of the Romantic movement in France.
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“Tomorrow, at dawn, the moment the countryside is washed with daylight,
I will leave. You see, I know that you wait for me.
I will go through forest, I will go across the mountains.
I cannot rest far from you for long.

I will trudge on, my eyes fixed on my thoughts,
Without seeing what is outside of myself, without hearing a single sound,
Alone, unknown, back bent, hands crossed,
Sad, and the day for me will be like the night.

I will not look upon the golden sunset as night falls,
Nor the sailboats from afar that descend on Harfleur,
And when I arrive, I will place on your grave
A bouquet of holly and heather in bloom.”
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