In May 1840, Théophile Gautier, the enfant terrible of the French Romantic movement, was hired by the journal “La Presse” to record his experiences and impressions of Spain. The end result was the book “Voyage en Espagne” (1845), an enthralling piece of travel writing later translated into English as “A Romantic in Spain”.For Gautier, Spain was an exotic and passionate culture. "It was a revelation", he said later, like discovering his true home, the native land of his spirit.
In this section, I am going to read classical French poems twice: once slowly – so you can repeat after me – and once faster, with my own interpretation of the poem. I will also sometimes tell you about the author, or explain the vocabulary or the meaning of the poem, all in easy everyday French.
In my “Easy French poems and analysis” series, I read and explain using simple words the very most famous French poems, such as “Demain, dès l’aube”, “la Cigale et la Fourmi”, “Parfum Exotique”… and talk about the author’s life (Hugo, La Fontaine, Baudelaire…). These analysis are a great way to improve your understanding and vocabulary, train your brain to stay focus for a longer discussion and learn about French culture and poetry.
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One the best-known masterpieces of Victor Hugo, this enigmatic poem takes us for a walk through Normandy’s countryside. The destination of the journey is a mystery: one first imagines a lover’s date... but the poem will unravel a meaning much deeper to the poet’s heart. My thorough explanation of the poem will tell you about this drama, one of many in Victor Hugo's life, and show you how Victor Hugo builds up the tension of the poem - in a extremely visual, almost cinematic way.
This poem was written for the extraordinary princess Cristina di Belgiojoso, who was a striking, dark-eyed and dark-haired, pale-skinned beauty Musset met at one of the Paris salon. Musset threw his heart at her feet, but was received as a friend, and rejected as a lover. In anger, he wrote this poem.
Aujourd’hui, je vais vous parler du poème “Le Corbeau et Le renard” de Jean de La Fontaine. Je vais parler lentement, clairement et utiliser un vocabulaire de tous les jours pour expliquer, et puis discuter du poème. Tout d’abord, je vais lire le poème lentement. Puis je vais expliquer le vocabulaire, et puis je vais vous parler du message du poème, et de la vie de l’auteur. Enfin, je vais relire le poème plus rapidement.