Les Djinns is one of the most famous poems of French author Victor Hugo, published in 1829 in his collection Les Orientales.
== Form and purpose ==
"Les Djinns" is distinguished by its very original form, in "crescendo" and "decrescendo": the strophes have a different number of syllables, respectively 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and finally 2. This form resonates with the poem, which is the account of the crash caused by the passage of a swarm of djinns around the narrator's house.
The epic and mystical force of this poem makes it one of the bravest pieces of the collection.
== Poem in verse ==
== Adaptations ==
This extremely famous poem was set to various adaptations or transpositions in other arts, such as Les Djinns (op. 12, 1875) by Gabriel Fauré, for mixed choir, or the symphonic poem Les Djinns (FWV 45), composed by César Franck in 1884, as well as Louis Vierne's rendition of Les Djinns op. 35 for voice and orchestra from 1912.
== Bibliography ==
Jean-Pierre Vidal, « L’Épique dans Les Orientales », Autour des Orientales, Paris, Minard, 2002, (pp. 37–58).
== References ==
== External links ==
The Djinns (Les Djinns) in English
Another translation in English (1904) on Bartleby.com
Hugo’s ‘Les Djinns’ on Scribd
In English: Les Djinns by Victor Hugo on YouTube