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Selected Poems

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French poet and critic Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux (1636-1711) was by turns venerated (in the eighteenth century) and reviled (in the nineteenth century) as the lawgiver of French classicism. Today critics see his achievement as more varied and complex than the label of classicism generally allows. This selection of Boileau’s poems, translated with spirit and carefully annot ...more
Hardcover, 82 pages
Published April 28th 2007 by Yale University Press (first published April 1st 2007)
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Boileau’s contribution is that he, maybe more than any other, changed the course of French poetry. He loved the classics, especially Horace’s Satires, and sought to correct the path of French poetry in the late 1600’s and early 1700’s. There are, to be sure, some moments of brilliance is his own serious poetry, such as the following from “Satire I”:
“Don’t strive for grace, on fatal fields like these!
Don’t try for mighty art, when killing fleas.
Why summon beauty, fighting fiends and evil?
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