The internet research hub for Victor Hugo enthusiasts
Victor Hugo wrote poetry, fiction, and essays.
He was an artist, a playwright, and a journalist.
A revolutionary in both the literary and the political
A 19th Century French literary legend.
Cloud-weaver of phantasmal hopes and fears,
French of the French, and Lord of human tears;
Child-lover; Bard whose fame-lit laurels glance
Darkening the wreaths of all that would advance,
Beyond our strait, their claim to be thy peers;
Weird Titan by thy winter weight of years
As yet unbroken, Stormy voice of France!
Who dost not love our England--so they say;
I know not--England, France, all man to be
Will make one people ere man's race be run:
And I, desiring that diviner day,
Yield thee full thanks for thy full courtesy
To younger England in the boy my son.
-- Alfred Lord Tennyson, 'To Victor Hugo'
1. Tennyson's original 1877 version of this sonnet used the word 'Poesy'.
Last updated: September 6, 2009
This is a labor of love by one Hugophile for others. I regularly search the web for new translations of Hugo's work, biographical information, reviews, etc. What I can't find, I enter on my own when I find the time. If you know of something that isn't here, please email me. This site doesn't receive any corporate funding. I don't expect, but do appreciate any donations towards the maintenance of the site.
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