Great 19 Century Poems Read in French: Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Verlaine & More


Here’s how Smith­son­ian Folk­ways describes this 1961 album now made avail­able by Spo­ti­fy. (If you need their free soft­ware, down­load it here):

Paul A. Mankin recites the most famous French poet­ry from the 19th Cen­tu­ry. Gérard de Ner­val, Vic­tor Hugo and Alphonse de Lamar­tine, the main poets from the roman­tic peri­od are rep­re­sent­ed, as well as pre­cur­sors of Sym­bol­ism, Paul Ver­laine and Stéphane Mal­lar­mé. In addi­tion, the album includes poems writ­ten by the tor­tured Charles Baude­laire and the unclas­si­fi­able Arthur Rim­baud.

Note: The image above is of Charles Baude­laire.  This album will be added to our col­lec­tion, 1,000 Free Audio Books: Down­load Great Books for Free. Oth­er albums fea­tur­ing Mank­in’s read­ings can also be found there, includ­ing:

  • Mul­ti­ple Authors — 20th Cen­tu­ry French Poet­ry, Nar­rat­ed by Paul Mankin — Spo­ti­fy
  • Mul­ti­ple Authors — French African Poet­ry, Read in French by Paul Mankin — Spo­ti­fy
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Relat­ed Con­tent:

Free French Lessons

13 Lec­tures from Allen Ginsberg’s “His­to­ry of Poet­ry” Course (1975)

Hear Bill Murray’s Favorite Poems Read Aloud by Mur­ray Him­self & Their Authors


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