According to Michael Partridge, “Hugo was dismayed at the wrongdoings of both the Communards and the government, writing in a diary entry, “this Commune is as idiotic as the National Assembly is ferocious. From both sides, folly.”Victor Hugo’s Sur Une Barricade | A Writer of History
We’ve all heard of Hugo’s famous works such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables, but he was also a renowned poet of the romantic movement.
If you read my Two Days in June, you know that Victor Hugo has first-hand knowledge of what it was like behind the barricades. That’s why he wrote Les Miserables. The poem referenced in the original post was written during the Communard era. Please click through to read more.