Scève, Maurice (c. 1501–c. 1564), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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Scève’s Délie, a collection of 449 ten-line ‘dizards’ deeply influenced by Petrarch’s Canzoniere, appeared in 1544, and forms the first significant collection of its kind in French. The emblem of the juniper replaces Petrarch’s laurel, adopted by the Italian poet to represent his lady, Laura. The book contains fifty allegorical woodcuts, presented here with a selection of the poems; each woodcut presenting both a pictorial emblem and a motto. The secular and humanist French Renaissance, soon to be illuminated by the sonnets of the Pléiade, and later Montaigne’s essays, is here already in full flow.

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Kline, A. S.

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