The Poets Odyssey: Joachim Du Bellay and the Antiquitez de Rome

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byGEORGE HUGO TUCKER

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The Poet's Odyssey traces the artistic development of one of the major poets of the French Renaissance, Joachim Du Bellay (?1522-60), showing how he differed from his contemporaries (in particular his great rival Ronsard) and the importance of his move to Rome in 1553. In this unique study of Du Bellay and his Antiquitez de Rome, Dr Tucker makes this complex sonnet sequence more accessible to the modern reader, highlighting its rich intertextual framework in Classical, neo-Latin and vernacular literature. He also redresses a critical imbalance. Du Bellay and hisimmediate contemporaries identified the Antiquitez, rather than the Regrets, as his major work. Tucker demonstrates its central importance within the poet's production, and further situates it within a whole tradition of reflection upon Rome and her destiny from Classical times onwards. TheAntiquitez are also seen to represent the ultimate step in the development of a poetic style and sensibility in diametric opposition to Ronsard's. Finally, Dr Tucker also relates the collection to the literary and scholarly context of Du Bellay's Rome.

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The Poet's Odyssey traces the artistic development of one of the major poets of the French Renaissance, Joachim Du Bellay (?1522-60), showing how he differed from his contemporaries (in particular his great rival Ronsard) and the importance of his move to Rome in 1553. In this unique study of Du Bellay and his Antiquitez de Rome, Dr ...

George Hugo Tucker is at Downing College, Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:318 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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'studied in great and illuminating detail ... excitement involved in reading such an interesting text on so talented a poet ... To be able to understand and to explain why Bellay wrote as he did in his time and what that meant to his time and may mean to ours - well, that is a greateraccomplishment. I wish to greet this book with delighted applause and say: Read it, if you have any interest in the relationship of poetry to philosophy and history, of the Renaissance to the past, of the Pleiade to the rest of French literature, of Renaissance concerns about the nature and value ofart.'Leonard R.N. Ashley, Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance, Tome LIV, No. 1, 1992