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Six French Poets of the Nineteenth Century With parallel French Text (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 25 Jun 2009

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reissue edition (25 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199554781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199554782
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 2.8 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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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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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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this product makes a wonderful gift for anyone french speaking or even learning to speak.
beautiful collection of poetry.
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Incredible poetry
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for language students 27 April 2007
By Blue Isblue - Published on Amazon.com
Format: 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.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh... 2 May 2009
By rater25 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the same duo of "translators" who massacred the poetry of Victor Hugo recently. Wretched English "verse" adaptations insult the originals to their face. Infinitely superior (and more extensive) is THE PENGUIN BOOK OF FRENCH POETRY, which includes faithful and readable prose translations in a similar format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Six Nineteenth Century French Poets 25 Feb. 2007
By A. Shirk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I liked the book, especially that it was in both French and English

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