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Ronsard Pierre de

Ronsard Pierre de (1524–1585)

French poet. As page, then squire, Ronsard seemed destined for a career at court both in France and abroad. However, deafness turned him to a more secluded and studious life at the Collège de Coqueret where he became leader of the Pléiade. Named poet royal, he wrote a great number of poems on many themes, especially patriotism, love, and death: sonnets on Petrarch, odes after Pindar and Horace, elegies, eclogues, and songs. Of his love poems the best-known appear in Sonnets pour Hélène (1578; tr. by Humbert Wolfe, 1934). Ronsard's most ambitious effort was La Franciade (1572), an unfinished epic. He also wrote (1562) two long patriotic poems deploring the Wars of Religion. Ronsard's reputation was long in eclipse, but after Sainte-Beuve's favorable criticism he assumed his place as one of the greatest of French poets.

France, 1924, Pierre de Ronsard

Monaco, 1974, Pierre de Ronsard

Wallis & Futuna, 1985, Pierre de Ronsard

France, 1964/1966, Loir-et-Cher. Land of Ronsard

France, 1979/1989, Montoire sur le Loir. Land of Ronsard

France, 1985.05.25, Tours. Ronsard, rose

France, 1985.07.08, Surgères. Sonnets pour Hélène

France, 2004, Montoire sur le Loir. Land of Ronsard

Wallis & Futuna, 1985.09.16, Sigave. Pierre de Ronsard

France, 2006, Pierre de Ronsard


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