Classic book-length poem, originally published in 1859. the poem is in French; the preface is in English. According to Wikipedia: La Leacute;gende des siegrave;cles is a collection of poems by Victor Hugo, conceived as an immense depiction of the history and evolution of humanity. Written intermittently between 1855 and 1876, while the exiled Victor Hugo worked on numerous other projects, the poems were published in three series in 1859, 1877, and 1883. Bearing witness to an unparalleled poetic talent in which all Hugo's art is evident, the Leacute;gende des Siegrave;cles is often considered the only true French epic and, according to Baudelaire's formulation, the only modern epic possible. the dreaming poet contemplates the wall of the centuries, indistinct and terrible, on which scenes of the past, present and future are drawn, and along which the whole long procession of humanity can be seen. the poems are depictions of these scenes, fleetingly perceived and interspersed with terrifying visions. Hugo sought neither historical accuracy nor exhaustiveness; rather, he concentrated on obscure figures, usually his own inventions, who incarnated and symbolized their eras.
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March 01, 2010
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