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J'aime l'araignée

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

J'aime l'araignée et j'aime l'ortie,
Parce qu'on les hait ;
Et que rien n'exauce et que tout châtie
Leur morne souhait ;

Parce qu'elles sont maudites, chétives,
Noirs êtres rampants ;
Parce qu'elles sont les tristes captives
De leur guet-apens ;

Parce qu'elles sont prises dans leur oeuvre ;
Ô sort ! fatals noeuds !
Parce que l'ortie est une couleuvre,
L'araignée un gueux;

Parce qu'elles ont l'ombre des abîmes,
Parce qu'on les fuit,
Parce qu'elles sont toutes deux victimes
De la sombre nuit...

Passants, faites grâce à la plante obscure,
Au pauvre animal.
Plaignez la laideur, plaignez la piqûre,
Oh ! plaignez le mal !

Il n'est rien qui n'ait sa mélancolie ;
Tout veut un baiser.
Dans leur fauve horreur, pour peu qu'on oublie
De les écraser,

Pour peu qu'on leur jette un oeil moins superbe,
Tout bas, loin du jour,
La vilaine bête et la mauvaise herbe
Murmurent : Amour !

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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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