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Thanks to her acclaimed volume of poetry and prose published in France in 1555, Louise Labé (1522-66) remains one of the most important and influential women writers of the Continental Renaissance. Best known for her exquisite collection of love sonnets, Labé played off the Petrarchan male tradition with wit and irony, and her elegies respond with lyric skill to predecesso ...more
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Published May 15th 2006 by University of Chicago Press
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Roman Clodia
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Louise Labe wrote in the early C16th in Lyon, France. Associated with the French Pleiade school (du Bellay, Ronsard, Marot) she may or may not have been the lover of Oliver Magny. Whatever the relationship between her private life and her writing, she is one of the most emotional, raw and honest poets - or at least has the skill to make her writing appear emotionally authentic and sincere.

Blending the Petrarchan tradition with Latin erotics, she reminds me very much of Catullus: mainly short poe
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The Marvelous Mad Madam Mim
Apr 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Let me say that I LOVE Louise Labé's work. Her sonnets are both simple and breathtakingly deep in their passion and brilliance.
But this translation does no justice to that.
I studied Labé in college, and spent a semester translating and finding myself transfixed by her ability to capture so many emotions in such few words, and in such a structured way. But as I read the English translation, my disappointment grew.
Labé's words are often twisted, sometimes completely convuluted in the translator's
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Framboise203
I read her poetry in a French Lit class in college. Loved it. Now that my French is rusty, I'd love to read this bilingual edition.
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Both her father and her stepmother Antoinette Taillard (whom Pierre Charly married following Etiennette Roybet's death in 1523) were illiterate, but Labé received an education in Latin, Italian and music, perhaps in a convent school.
At the siege of Perpignan, or in a tournament there, she is said to have dressed in male clothing and fought on horseback in the ranks of the Dauphin, afterwards Henry
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