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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©Public domain (P)2013 French Today

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  • carol whittam
  • 12-26-18

Developing an appreciation of listening to poetry without text is fun.

Often native French speakers are too fast in their delivery but not here.
I closed my eyes, listened and was delighted to have understood both the poem, the explanation and the biographical details of the poet. This approach encourages concentration. The story is a moving one, particularly as it’s true. The analysis and later the repetition of the poem serve to reinforce the vocabulary and ideas. The quality of the speaker’s voice, delivery, is gentle and not exaggerated. Good choice.
A very relaxing start to listening to extended French, particularly if the listener already likes poetry but that is not essential as the subject matter is human, universal and understandable. Very pleasing experience.