Selected Poems

Selected Poems


Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780142437032
  • 144 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


For most of his life, Victor Hugo (1802-1885) was the most famous writer in the world. His legacy includes the nineteenth century’s most celebrated works of drama, fiction, memoir, and criticism. But in his day Hugo was know foremost as a poet-indeed the greatest French poet of the age. He wrote with passion about history, erotic experience, familial love, philosophy, nature, social justice, art, and mysticism.

In this new bicentennial edition, acclaimed poet and translator Brooks Haxton offers an exquisite selection of Hugo’s finest work: love poems, historical tableaux, elegy, and idyll, including his incomparable “Boaz Asleep,” which Marcel Proust praised as the most beautiful poem of the nineteenth century.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Table of Contents

Selected PoemsIntroduction
A Note on the Translation

As I Have Set My Lip
Oceano Nox
Nights in June
Napoleon’s Army After the Fall of Moscow
My Two Girls
Letter from Normandy
How It Happened (December 4, 1851)
All Souls’ Day, 1846
When We Were Living (September 4, 1844)
Little Song (to Leopoldine, September 3, 1847)
The Graveyard at Villequier (September 4, 1847)
Word from the Dunes (August 4, 1854)
The Seven Oxen of the Northern Plough
Shepherds and Flocks
Mugitusque Boum
Dawn at the Edge of the Woods
Boaz Asleep
The Trumpet of Judgment
During Sickness
Et Nox Facta Est
The Plume of Satan
Whose Fault Is This? (June 25, 1871)
From The Art of Being a Grandfather: Lesson One: The Moon
To Théophile Gautier

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