"Anthology of 16th Century French Poetry," edited by Bruno Braunrot

"Anthology of 16th Century French Poetry," edited by Bruno Braunrot

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This anthology gives pride of place to the poets of the Pléiade and to the group of poems which have gained the status of masterpieces ever since the Romantic critic Sainte-Beuve rescued them from oblivion in his Tableau de la poésie francaise au XVIe siècle (1828). But it also makes room for other poets of the first rank — such as Maurice Scève and the poets of Baroque persuasion such as Jean de Sponde or Agrippa D’Aubigné — whose importance was recognized only much later, by a generation of readers drawn to the poetics of post-Baudelairian Symbolism. The selection of texts is sufficiently large to allow for thematic and structural studies of major authors; works by lesser poets, while of interest in themselves, also allow for comparative thematic studies and should help the student grasp the elusive distinction between the well-crafted poem and the inspired masterpiece.

Here is the table of Contents:

Introduction

I. Les Grands Rhétoriqueurs

Jean Molinet
Guillaume Crétin
Jean Lemaire de Belges

II. Marot and his Circle

Clément Marot
Mellin de Saint-Gelais
Antoine Héroët
Bertrand de La Borderie

III. The Poets of Lyon

Maurice Scève
Pernette du Guillet
Louise Labé
Pontus de Tyard

IV. The Poets of the Pléiade

Joachim du Bellay
Pierre de Ronsard
Rémy Belleau
Olivier de Magny

V. The Poets of Baroque Persuasion

Philippe Desportes
Guillaume de Salluste du Bartas
Agrippa d'Aubigné
Jean de Sponde
Jean-Baptiste Chassignet
Jean de La Ceppède
François de Malherbe

VII. Other Voices

A. Royal Versifiers

Francis I
Marguerite de Navarre
Mary Stuart
Charles IX
Henry IV

B. Other Female Voices

Anne des Marquets
Marie de Romieu
Madeleine et Catherine des Roches

INDEX OF FIRST LINES

FRENCH-ENGLISH GLOSSARY

ISBN 978-1-58977-071-3
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