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4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for language students, 28 April 2007
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This review is from: Six French Poets of the Nineteenth Century: With parallel French Text (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
This book is an ideal introduction to some of the most well-known French poets of the period, and has a section with short biographies on each at the front of the book, as well as some background about the state of literary work in France at that point in history, which helps provide context.

There's a good selection of well-known and more obscure works from each writer, and its very handy having the English translations on the facing page, so you can simply glance across for aid in understanding the language. When reading Victor Hugo's longer meanderings this is essential as you don't need to distract yourself from the power and beauty of his words to fiddle about with a dictionary.

Be aware though, the verse translations into English often sacrifice a lot of the beauty and wordplay of the French in order to shoehorn the general theme into verse form; if you're using this as a language tool, a prose translation might be more useful, or alternatively, keep a dictionary to hand when the two versions part company.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect of Its Kind, 3 Oct 2010
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Amazon Customer "Leone dei Libri" (Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
This anthology, concentrating on a decent selection of poems from six of the best C19 French poets [including Baudelaire, Rimbaud and Mallarme] has it all over those that take a wider view but may only tantalise. For a more in-depth overview of the peaks of French C19 verse this is highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful gift, 4 Dec 2012
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this product makes a wonderful gift for anyone french speaking or even learning to speak.
beautiful collection of poetry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent french poetry, 26 Aug 2012
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Mr. Robert Marsland (Glasgow) - See all my reviews
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This volume takes in six French poets of the nineteenth century in parallel translation - Lamartine, Hugo, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud and Mallarme. I found the translations to be very readable capturing the spirit of the poems well. Veraline's beautiful Romanticism came across for me particularly and also Rimbaud's extraordinary use of language is made clear in this excellent collection.
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