Selected Poems from Joachim du Bellay

Bellay, Joachim du (c.1522–1560), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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Du Bellay’s L’Olive, a collection of sonnets written in close imitation of Petrarch, first appeared in 1549, and forms the first significant sonnet collection in French. The emblem of the olive-tree replaces Petrarch’s laurel, adopted by the Italian poet to represent his lady, Laura. In Du Bellay’s second edition, L’Olive augmentée, of 1550, the dedication to his lady is exchanged for one to Marguerite de Valois, sister of Henry II. In 1558 he published the poems he had brought back with him from Rome, including the Antiquités de Rome, and the sonnets of Les Regrets.

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Kline, A. S.

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