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Fonction Du Poète (The Poet's Function)

Victor Marie Hugo 1802 (Besançon) – 1885 (Paris)



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Peuples ! écoutez le poète !
Ecoutez le rêveur sacré !
Dans votre nuit, sans lui complète,
Lui seul a le front éclairé.
Des temps futurs perçant les ombres,
Lui seul distingue en leurs flancs sombres
Le germe qui n'est pas éclos.
Homme, il est doux comme une femme.
Dieu parle à voix basse à son âme
Comme aux forêts et comme aux flots.

C'est lui qui, malgré les épines,
L'envie et la dérision,
Marche, courbé dans vos ruines,
Ramassant la tradition.
De la tradition féconde
Sort tout ce qui couvre le monde,
Tout ce que le ciel peut bénir.
Toute idée, humaine ou divine,
Qui prend le passé pour racine
A pour feuillage l'avenir.

Il rayonne ! il jette sa flamme
Sur l'éternelle vérité !
Il la fait resplendir pour l'âme
D'une merveilleuse clarté.
Il inonde de sa lumière
Ville et désert, Louvre et chaumière,
Et les plaines et les hauteurs ;
À tous d'en haut il la dévoile ;
Car la poésie est l'étoile
Qui mène à Dieu rois et pasteurs !

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The Poet's Function

Sing, my soul, refined and pure,
In the concert peacefully;
Go, thou sacred flower and bloom
'Neath the desert's boundless sky!
Dreamer! seek the rest discreet,
In the grotto's dark retreat;
Hear, in shade, the voice of love;
Find, in gloom, the light of day--
Light that gleams with tender ray,
Voice that whispers from above.

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Victor Marie Hugo

Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best known French writers. In France, Hugo's literary fame comes first from his poetry but also rests upon his novels and his dramatic achievements. Among many volumes of poetry, Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles stand particularly high in critical esteem. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831. Though a committed royalist when he was young, Hugo's views changed as the decades passed; he became a passionate supporter of republicanism, and his work touches upon most of the political and social issues and artistic trends of his time. He was buried in the Panthéon. more…

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