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Victor Hugo, the most prolific and versatile of the French Romantics, is one of the greatest nineteenth-century writers. Partly because of its enormous range and variety, his poetry has remained comparatively little known outside France. In this new edition of his acclaimed translations, Harry Guest convincingly brings into English many of Hugo's great qualities: his passi ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Carcanet Press Ltd.
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Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection is certainly more concerned with the Poet (capital “P”!) than the earlier collection of Hugo’s verse I read (Inner Voices), but it still retains that flighty, melodramatic voice that can be so frustrating for me when reading Romantic poetry. Hugo is a brilliant wordsmith, but the extreme emotional highs and lows along with the flowery language -- which I will blame on the translation, out of kindness to Hugo -- made me roll my eyes. (“O the grave! O Death!” followed by “Oh joyous ...more
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Victor Hugo, in full Victor-Marie Hugo (b. February 26, 1802, Besançon, France – d. May 22, 1885, Paris, France), poet, playwrighter, novelist, dramatist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights campaigner, and perhaps the most influential exponent of the Romantic movement in France, who was the most important of the French Romantic writers. Though regarded in France as one of that countr ...more
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