Victor Hugo — “Cowardice is consent”

Time for another translation! Victor Hugo, one of the great Romantic writers of nineteenth-century France, wrote William Shakespeare in 1864, during his exile from France following Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise to power in 1851. The treatise purports to be a biography of Shakespeare, but, as Hugo confesses in his preface, “All the questions touching on Art … Continue reading Victor Hugo — “Cowardice is consent”

A Renaissance Poem in Translation

The backlog continues ... here is a translation from the French of Clément Marot (1497-1544), who composed this occasional poem to Marguerite of Navarre (1492-1549; yes, the Marguerite, princess of France, Queen of Navarre, Duchess of Alençon and Berry, and author of the Heptaméron!) in the happy, halcyon days before FICO credit scores. Reply to the Queen of … Continue reading A Renaissance Poem in Translation