poet Victor Marie Hugo

Victor Marie Hugo

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Luna

O France, although you sleep
We call you, we the forbidden!
The shadows have ears,
And the depths have cries.

Bitter, glory-less despotism
Over a discouraged people
Closes a black thick grate
Of error and prejudice;

It locks up the loyal swarm
Of firm thinkers, of heroes,
But the Idea with the flap of a wing
Will part the heavy bars,

And, as in ninety-one,
Will retake sovereign flight,
For breaking apart a cage of bronze
Is easy for bronze bird.

Darkness covers the world,
But the Idea illuminates and shines;
With its white brightness it floods
The dark blues of the night.

It is the solitary lantern,
The providential ray;
It is the lamp of the earth
That cannot help but light the sky.

It calms the suffering soul,
Guides life, puts the dead to rest;
It shows the mean the gulf,
It shows the just the way.

In seeing in the dark mist
The Idea, love of sad eyes,
Rise calm, serene and pure,
On the mysterious horizon,

Fanaticism and hatred
Roar before each threshhold,
As obscene hounds howl
When appears the moon in mourning.

Oh! Think of the mighty Idea,
Nations! its superhuman brow
Has upon it, from now on, the light
That will show the way to tomorrow!

Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 3, 2010

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (8/19/2019 12:26:00 AM)

    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.WOW! THE Victor Hugo we all so well know. Pleased to have read many of his novels. Thank you dear Poem Hunter and Team to present him as The CPOTD. Hurray

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (8/19/2019 12:19:00 AM)

    Born in a France full of politic opinions, his poems are oft involved in such matters. He became a famous in politic opinions and matters. He was a loyal royalist but became an ardent republican in his later years. In fact his heart goes with the change of the national French politics.His poems are full of metaphors concerning politics. CONGRATS being the Classic Poem Of The Day! Of course to his descents in France and worldwide.

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (8/18/2019 4:21:00 PM)

    The shadows have ears,
    And the depths have crie.. A great poem. tony

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (8/18/2019 10:58:00 AM)

    Oh! Think of the mighty Idea,
    Nations! its superhuman brow
    Has upon it, from now on, the light
    That will show the way to tomorrow! ......outstanding conceptualization. Beautiful poem by Victor Marie Hugo.

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (8/18/2019 8:51:00 AM)

    Fanaticism and hatred
    Roar before each threshold
    As obscene hounds howls
    When appears the moon in the morning "
    Great write. Well deserved classic poem of the Day.

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair(DPN) (8/18/2019 6:35:00 AM)

    Fanaticism and hatred Roar before each threshhold, As obscene hounds howl When appears the moon in mourning.

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (8/18/2019 12:34:00 AM)

    Despite darkness prevailing in France, Poet Victor Hugo inspires in words hope of better future very well in this poem! Thanks for sharing this here!

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/18/2018 10:47:00 PM)

    excellent stanza - yes it is

    It is the solitary lantern,
    The providential ray;
    It is the lamp of the earth
    That cannot help but light the sky.

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (8/18/2018 9:53:00 PM)

    The last two stanzas are simply brilliant.
    One of his famous sayings is: Nothing is more powerful than an idea, whose time has come.

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (8/18/2018 9:39:00 AM)

    Luna 'the lamp of the earth' A poem that reflects the France of that tumultuous time.

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (8/18/2018 8:05:00 AM)

    Brilliant! An idea can change the world!

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (8/18/2018 7:19:00 AM)

    My first time reading this. First, since I guess this is a translation from a rhymed French poem, I think the translator did a great job making this an easy-to-read rich one in English. How simple, vivid, and original to me are the phrases the shadows have ears, the depths have cries. Overall the poem resonates for me with a hope that shines despite, and in the midst of, a realistic picture of France in his time. -GK

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  • Haidee Majola (8/18/2018 12:55:00 AM)

    Quite an interesting verse.

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (8/18/2017 3:08:00 PM)

    Darkness covers the world,
    But the Idea illuminates and shines;
    With its white brightness it floods
    The dark blues of the night.

    It is the solitary lantern,
    The providential ray;
    It is the lamp of the earth
    That cannot help but light the sky.
    Great poem from the great poet.

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (8/18/2017 2:18:00 PM)

    A cage of bronze! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Pranab K ChakrabortyPranab K Chakraborty (8/18/2017 7:05:00 AM)

    Fanaticism and hatred
    Roar before each threshhold,
    As obscene hounds howl
    When appears the moon in mourning...... Poets are the voice of time. Poets are speculative. Poets exposes by letters and words some messages for all time. Just reader feel the time by these quoted lines and through whole poetry the truth of my utterance. Exceptionally poet posseses this power to impress our track of thinking. Very responsible post by PH to mirror our present time through the writing of past. Thanks a lot.

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  • Kayode Are (8/18/2017 3:33:00 AM)

    As it was, so it is now in some places ruled by despots and fanatics foisted on the nation by democracy.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (8/18/2017 1:08:00 AM)

    Such an interesting poem posted here.....

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