Selected poems from Pierre de Ronsard

Ronsard, Pierre de (1524–1585), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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Pierre de Ronsard (1524–1585) was a French poet and a leader of the Pléiade group, known for rejuvenating French poetry by drawing on classical models. His Les Amours de Cassandre is a collection of love sonnets dedicated to Cassandre Salviati. These poems exemplify the poet’s mastery of the Petrarchan sonnet form, reflecting the conventions of idealised love and beauty. In Les Amours de Marie and Sur La Mort de Marie, Ronsard similarly explores themes of love and loss. The Sonnets Pour Helene represent a mature reflection on love, often addressing the complexities of ageing and desire. Les Odes, including À Sa Maistresse and Ô Fontaine Bellerie, display Ronsard’s adroit adaptation of the classical ode form, exploring themes such as nature and love with a stylistic elegance that marked the French Renaissance poetry.

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Kline, A. S.

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