The English poet William Ernest Henley wrote in The Athenaeum, a literary magazine published in London between 1828 and 1921:

[Hugo’s poetry] is often no more than a grand parade, a sort of triumph, of vocables . … What is perhaps a more damning reproach than any is that his work is saturate in his own remarkable personality . … It is a proof of the commanding genius that was his that in spite of [these objections] he held in enchantment the hearts and minds of men for over sixty years. He is, indeed, a literature in himself.

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