Selected Poems
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Selected Poems

by
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  166 ratings  ·  14 reviews
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)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 391)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Svetlana
Excelent descriptions. I love how he makes things, the wind, the sea, rivers mountains... even a sunset come to life.
Elizabeth
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...
Lanny

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
Zoe
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!
Barbara
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.
Jana
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.
Medayat
un grand poete .. un grand homme ..
un celebre intellectuel francais de tous les temmps
ces poemes sont clairs et eternels..
Melissa
You can really see how Hugo's life affected his poetry. A book full of feeling!
Fathya
I love the one with title "Whose Fault Is This? (June 25, 1871)"
sandra
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
asheghe neveshtehasham
Laura ♥Miller...♥ ~
Laura ♥Miller...♥ ~ marked it as to-read
Apr 19, 2014
Joe
Joe marked it as to-read
Apr 18, 2014
Ruti Yaacov
Ruti Yaacov marked it as to-read
Apr 17, 2014
Valerie
Valerie marked it as to-read
Apr 11, 2014
Mariah
Mariah marked it as to-read
Apr 03, 2014
Scott
Scott marked it as to-read
Apr 02, 2014
Shelby Smith
Shelby Smith marked it as to-read
Mar 29, 2014
Hoyadaisy
Hoyadaisy marked it as to-read
Mar 28, 2014
Leslie
Leslie marked it as to-read
Mar 23, 2014
Benjamin Vanderwerp
Benjamin Vanderwerp marked it as to-read
Mar 18, 2014
Fàtma
Fàtma marked it as to-read
Mar 17, 2014
Amy
Amy added it
Mar 13, 2014
Paige
Paige marked it as to-read
Mar 11, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 13 14 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Selected Poems and Fragments
  • Selected Writings
  • The Complete Poems
  • The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm
  • Selected Poems
  • Complete Poems of D. H. Lawrence (Wordsworth Poetry Library)
  • The Misanthrope and Tartuffe
  • The Poems of Marianne Moore
  • The Major Works (Oxford World's Classics)
  • Childe Roland To The Dark Tower Came (Phoenix 60p Paperbacks)
  • The Origins and History of Consciousness
  • Selected Poems
  • Operette Morali: Essays and Dialogues
  • ابرِ شلوارپوش - به‌انضمامِ «نی‌لبکِ مهره‌های پشت» و سال‌گشت
  • Exploits and Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, Pataphysician
  • Selected Poetry
  • Pleasures and Days
  • Fernando Pessoa and Co.: Selected Poems
13661
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.
More about Victor Hugo...
Les Misérables The Hunchback of Notre-Dame The Man Who Laughs The Last Day of a Condemned Man Les Misérables: Fantine

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“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.”
2 likes
More quotes…