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The Poet's OdysseyJoachim Du Bellay and the Antiquitez de Rome$
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George Hugo Tucker

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198158653

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158653.001.0001

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A Poetic Odyssey: Parisian Beginnings, Departure, and Homecoming

A Poetic Odyssey: Parisian Beginnings, Departure, and Homecoming

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The Poet's Odyssey

George Hugo Tucker

Oxford University Press

Compared to those of other writers, Du Bellay's work was nothing short of intense, as he was able to create a great number of writings which entailed much innovation and variety. Aside from how he had come up with his own French adaptation of the Italian sonnet, Du Bellay also initially used decasyllables. This led to the creation of France's first collection of love-sonnets, which then led to this achievement's further recognition when L'Olive was immediately augmented by sixty-five sonnets into Petrarchan canzoniere. Also, despite the doubts articulated in the Deffence, Du Bellay was able to develop as a neo-Latin poet. While explaining how Du Bellay has been able to grow as a poet, this chapter shows how his works express, through the temporal and spatial progressions expressed in the odysseys in his works, his poetic persona.

Keywords:   Du Bellay, Italian sonnet, love-sonnets, decasyllables, poetic persona, odyssey, neo-canzoniere

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