Clément Marot - Selected Poems

A selection of Marot's poems has been added to the site. The poems are best read in conjunction with those of Maurice Scève and Louise Labé, as contemporaries, and representatives of the Lyon school of poetry.

Clément Marot (1496-1544), born in Cahors probably studied law in Paris and later created a career for himself at the French court. Supporting both the humanist and religious reform movements, Marot was subsequently imprisoned for heresy, and was forced to flee Paris in 1534.The earliest editions of his works appeared at Lyon in 1538 and 1544, and he is rightly claimed as a key writer of the Lyon school, which employed themes of spiritual love, based on the works of Plato and Petrarch, and on the Renaissance conventions of courtly love. 

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