In this audiobook, I first read the poem in slow enunciated French then use simple, everyday French language to explain each individual verse. I then talk about the life of the author, give a full analysis of the poem and finally re-read the poem at a faster speed with a more personal interpretation.
Not only is it a great cultural subject but it's a fantastic way to learn new vocabulary, verb tenses and improve your understanding of deeper conversations. French culture is deeply engrained with poetry and this audiobook will teach you both formal and modern pronunciation.
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This is a brilliant idea
This is an excellent idea. The speaker recites the poem slowly, then explains it line by line. This is followed by a discussion of the artistic aspects of the poem, a bit about the life of the poet, and finally, a repetition of the poem at a normal speed, with the speaker's interpretation of the rhythm, etc.
One nice thing about this poem is that it's one that is widely taught in French schools, so if you're not a native speaker, you'll be gaining a tiny bit in common with your French friends' cultural/childhood background.
The recording is entirely in French, so if you're an absolute beginner, you're not likely to be able to follow it. On the other hand, if you're at a B1/2 level or so, you shouldn't have any trouble (although you'll probably need a dictionary), and the recording comes with a PDF of the contents, so you can follow along in print if you're more comfortable with that, or if you're below B level. (I'm referring to the CEFR levels here.)
In sum, I enjoyed this recording, and learned things from it. It's worth your time!
- Kevin B. Cohen