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French Poetry: “La Coccinelle” de Victor Hugo Posted by on May 21, 2018

I always love the time of year when ladybugs start coming out. In French, a ladybug is called une coccinelle, and it symbolizes good luck. The French often refer to les coccinelles as “les bêtes à bon Dieu,” which means something like “Good God’s creatures.” Some linguists state that this expression dates back to medieval times. According to medieval legend…

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La Poésie (French Poetry) Posted by on Sep 26, 2016

It can be very difficult for non-native French speakers to read, comprehend, and even enjoy poetry in French. This is because the language can be more florid than in prose, there may me multiple layers of meaning not easily deduced by the non-native reader, and it may depend on cultural references. But, alas, not all is…

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Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil) — Charles Baudelaire Posted by on Aug 26, 2010

Est-ce que vous l’avez remarqué? (Did you notice it?) Ici, au French Blog, nous aimons les fleurs (Here, in the French Blog, we like flowers), and that you can see mostly through les articles of Jennie, especially “Les Fleurs!” and “Les Tournesols.” Today, we invite you to discover (or re-discover) a classic of French poésie (poetry), extracted from “Les Fleurs du…

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