Easy French Poetry (French Today)
By French Today
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Bonjour à tous and welcome to Easy French Poetry where I read some of the most Classic French Poems. I will read them twice: once slowly - so you may repeat after me - and once at a more natural reading pace. I will sometimes also talk about the life of the author, explain the vocabulary or do an analysis of the text using simple, everyday French. You will find the full text of the poems accompanied by the audio on my website FrenchToday.com as well as much more audio material such as The Easy French Poetry Readings and Analysis series, Classic French Tales, French Verb Drills, reachable audio novels...
||Clean"Spleen" de Charles Baudelaire||Ce poème est écrit en Alexandrins, donc le rythme est très important,...||10/17/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Dans la Forêt Sans Heures" de Jules Supervielle||À l'écart du mouvement surréaliste, la poésie de Supervielle est humaine, souvent inspirée par le monde qui nous entourre et la nature.||9/19/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Les Colchiques" de Guillaume Appollinaire||Poète et théoricien de l'Esprit nouveau, ses oeuvres annoncent déjà surréalisme. Dans ce poème, la femme est associée à une fleur des champs, la colchique. Mais la colchique est vénéneuse, c'est donc un poison...||2/14/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"L'Abeille" de Paul Valéry||Paul Valéry croit que la poésie possède un pouvoir émotionnel qui peut être presque magique...||8/20/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"À Une Passante" de Charles Baudelaire||Au milieu d’une rue étourdissante, le poète croise du regard une femme qui passe et il est ébloui par sa beauté et sa noblesse. Quand elle disparaît tout à coup dans la foule, il devient découragé...||5/20/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Le Paresseux" de Marc Antoine Girard de Saint-Amant||This poem in middle French, from the 17th century, is an hymn to indolence. Saint-Amant was a libertin poet, who enjoyed all the pleasures of life, liked to eat, drink, smoke and rest, as depicted in this poem.||5/1/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"De la Jeune Dame Qui A Vieil Mary" de Clément Marot||In this 16th century poem written in old French, a young woman is being married to an older man. She shares with us her attempts to seduce her husband, her torments and the decision she finally takes.||3/15/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Le Chêne et le Roseau" de Jean de la Fontaine||This fable tells a great story about a reed (which represent the people) and an all-mighty oak (representing the king)...||2/2/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"La Maison Du Berger" d'Alfred de Vigny||This 19th century poem, 336 verse long, is in fact very philosophical and talks about the human condition. Written in Alexandrines, the poet entices a woman (Èva) to leave urban life, and live in Nature ...||6/1/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Les Vous et les Tu" de Voltaire||This is a sensual, yet very deep poem from Voltaire, 18th century.||3/9/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Carmen" de Théophile Gautier||Aujourd'hui, je vais vous lire un poème de Théophile Gautier, qui s’intitule “Carmen”.||10/28/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Le Niagara" de Louis Fréchette||"Le Niagara" by Louis Fréchette - Slow reading, author's life, analysis and fast reading.||8/4/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Sur Une Morte" d'Alfred de Musset||Poème "Sur Une Morte" d'Alfred de Musset||6/18/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoèmes de François Villon||"Ballade des Dames du Temps Jadis" et "Épitaphe", ou "Ballade des Pendus".||2/25/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"La Feuille Blanche" de Paul Valéry||Simple reading of "La Feuille Blanche" de Paul Valéry||1/9/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"La Laitière et le Pot au Lait" de Jean de La Fontaine||Simple reading of "La Laitière et le Pot au Lait" de Jean de La Fontaine||11/20/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Le Corbeau et Le Renard" - with Full Analysis||This is a French as a second language Podcast, using poetry as a topic for discussion using everyday conversational French. Go to www.learnfrenchinboston.com for more info on how to use this podcast according to your level.||2/20/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
Best intermediate French study
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This podcast is outstanding. It is well written and expertly executed. Camille's speaking is precise and is timed perfectly for audio comprehension. Her pronunciation is classic and ideal for students to imitate. The real gem is the content of her casts - she has clearly spent time in preparing her texts, which include a biography of the poet in the lesson, a technical explication of the poem including some personal interpretation, and then a beautiful reading of the poem. The casts are generous in length without being overwhelming, in short - EXCELLENT! I will be suscribing to this cast for as long as she offers it, free or fee. I highly recommend this lesson and encourage anyone, at any level of French, to take advantage of this opportunity to learn from such a professional teacher. There is something for everyone in Easy French Poetry :)
Great way to increase listening skills and vocabulary
Fantastic way to work on your french listening comprehension. It's easy to find french audio on the internet; it's incredibly hard to find something like this -- interesting and challenging, yet accessible to less advanced speakers. It made my day yesterday to see that Camille had released a new one!