MAN AND WOMAN POEM By Victor Hugo Man is the highest of creatures. The woman is the most sublime of ideals. God made for man a throne for the woman an altar. The throne exalts, the altar sanctifies. Man is the brain. The woman's heart. The brain produces the light, the heart produces the Love Fruitful Light, Love resurrects. The man is strong by reason. The woman is invincible by tears. The reason convinces, tears moving. Man is capable of all heroism. Woman of all martyrdom. Heroism ennobles; sublimates martyrdom. Man has supremacy. The woman's preference. Supremacy is strength, represents the right preference. The man is a genius. The woman an angel. Genius is immeasurable, the angel indefinable. The aspiration of man is supreme glory. The aspiration of woman is extreme virtue. The glory makes everything great, virtue makes everything divine. Man is a code. A gospel woman. The code corrects, the gospel perfects. Man thinks. She dreams. To think is to have a larva in the skull; dream is to have a halo on his forehead. Man is an ocean. The woman is a lake. The ocean has the adorning pearl, the lake, dazzling poetry. Man is the flying eagle. She is the nightingale that sings. Flying is dominate space. Sing is to conquer the soul. The man is a Temple. The woman is the Tabernacle. Before the temple we discover ourselves, we kneel before the Tabernacle. In short: the man is placed where the land ends. The woman where heaven begins.