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Les Regrets / Les Antiquités de Rome

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Mass Market Paperback, 325 pages
Published February 1st 1975 by Gallimard (first published 1558)
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Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
È ciò che fugge che resiste al tempo

Nouveau venu, qui cherches Rome en Rome
Et rien de Rome en Rome n’aperçois,
Ces vieux palais, ces vieux arcs que tu vois,
Et ces vieux murs, c’est ce que Rome on nomme.

Vois quel orgueil, quelle ruine: et comme
Celle qui mit le monde sous ses lois,
Pour dompter tout, se dompta quelquefois,
Et devint proie au temps, qui tout consomme.

Rome de Rome est le seul monument.
Et Rome Rome a vaincu seulement,
Le Tibre seul, qui vers la mer s’enfuit,

Reste de Rome. O mo
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read these in Oevres Francoises (LeMerre: Paris, 1866) 2 vols. For Les Regrets, sonnet 85 see my Goodreads writings. Now for others, like 76 where he advises against desiring praise: Dispraise has more truth than praise, which makes you say what you don't believe. President Trump, four and a half centuries later, should listen to the great French poet; should ignore the flattery he requires, since no-one believes, not even the flatterer, the flattery they spout.
DuBellay's 67th sonnet is spoken
Gabriel Conroy
Jul 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is probably a 3.8, so I'm rounding up. These are a collection of poems by Du Bellay about his "regrets" ("regret" means "regret" in French) over leaving his provincial home (in Anjou?) to go study in a "great city" (Rome). I'm sure there must be a serviceable translation into English.

One poem goes (my translation):

Happy is he, who like Ulysses, made his great journey
Or like Jason, who won the golden fleece,
And then returned, full of wisdom
To live among his family for the rest of his life.

Sep 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: abandonned
DuBellay would turn over in his grave if he knew commerce school in France teach entirely in English.
Joachim du Bellay – His works from 1549 to 1559
Les Regrets,
Les Antiquités de Rome,
Le Songe.
The book contains 200 pages of poems and about as many with complementary notes.
Du Bellay spends four years in Rome as personal assistant to his uncle The Cardinal du Bellay.
Beeing homesick for Paris, he first starts composing poems to his friends left behind, and then about the City of Ancient Rome, or what is left of it, and the on the same subject Le Songe, or the Dream.
To understand and enjoy these po
Jackson Cyril
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Worth reading also as du Bellay was the first French poet who argued that French poets should write in the vulgar and develop the strengths of their language.
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Et dans certains cas il regrette aussi les antiquités de Rome.
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