Poet's Odyssey: Joachim Du Bellay and the Antiquitez de Rome

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This fascinating study traces the artistic development of one of the major poets of the French Renaissance, Joachim Du Bellay (1522-1560). Tucker focuses on how the poet differed from his contemporaries, describes in detail the importance of his move to Rome in 1553, and provides a close analysis of Du Bellay's complex sonnet sequence, Antiquitez de Rome. In assessing the sonnets, Tucker first locates their central importance within the poet's production, then further situates them with the living and scholarly context of Du Bellay's Rome. Throughout, the volume highlights the sonnets' rich intertextual framework in classical, neo-Latin, and vernacular literature, making them more accessible to the modern reader.
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"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, or the Pleiade to the rest of French literature, of Renaissance concerns about the nature and value of art."—Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance

"He has much to say that is both new and important."—Renaissance Quarterly

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This study ofthe 16th-century French poet & his great work makes the complex sonnet sequence more accessible to the modern reader, highlighting its framework in Classical, neo-Latin, & vernacular literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198158653
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Downing College, Cambridge
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Table of Contents

Note on Bibliography x
List of Abbreviations xi
Introduction 1
1. A Poetic Odyssey: Parisian Beginnings, Departure, and Homecoming 7
2. The Quest for Rome, in Rome 55
3. Roman Texts and Contexts: Vitalis' Portrait Gallery Rediscovered 105
4. The End of All 175
Conclusion 225
Appendices 233
A. Du Bellay's Age 233
B. Diogo Pires, Roberto Nobili, and Du Bellay 235
C. Recueils factices of Du Bellay, and their Annotators Henri Estienne and Panjas 237
D. Buonamici, Castiglione, and Fabricius' Roma 238
E. The poems of Calcagnini and Other Contents of a Travelling-Chest Belonging to the Du Bellays 239
F. Summary of Interrelated Texts Centring around Antiquitez, VIII 241
G. Reminiscences of Vitalis' 'Roma Prisca' (1553)/'De Roma antiqua' (1554) in Du Bellay's Poemata (1558), 1. 2, 'Romae Descriptio' (fos. 3v-6r) 244
H. Lucan, his Commentator, and the Antiquitez de Rome 245
I. 'Du Soleil l'une & l'autre maison' 247
J. Further Annotations by Henri Estienne of the Antiquitez (2nd edn., 1558) in his recueil factice [= Lyon, Bibl. Mun. Res. 321. 835] 249
K. Translations of the Main Medieval and Renaissance Latin Poetic Texts Quoted 251
Bibliography 263
Index 287
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