Bellay, Joachim du

(1522-1560)
   poet, scholar
   An influential figure of the French Renaissance, Joachim du Bellay was born in Liré. Abandoning a military career and under the influence of Peletier du Mans, he took up poetry. Inspired by the humanistic spirit of pierre de ronsard (whom he met in 1547), he studied under the Hellenist jean dorat (1547-49), then joined the Pléiade, the group of Renaissance poets named for the seven poets of ancient Alexandria. The group had as its goal the elevation of the French language and literature to the illustrious level of ancient Greek and Latin and of Italian. In 1549, Bellay wrote the Pléiade manifesto, La Défense et illustration de la langue française, and L'Olive, 115 sonnets inspired by the writings of Petrarch. Falling ill and almost deaf, Bellay went to Rome in 1553, where he studied for four years. upon his return to France, he wrote two more sonnet collections, Les Regrets (1558) and Les Antiquités du Rome (1558). In 1558 also appeared Divers Jeux rustiques, one of his most notable works. This was followed a year later by Discours du Roi and the satire La Poète courtisan.

France. A reference guide from Renaissance to the Present . 1884.

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  • BELLAY, JOACHIM DU —    French poet; author of sonnets entitled Regrets, full of vigour and poetry; wrote the Antiquités de Rome ; was called the Apollo of the Pléiade, the best poet and the best prose writer among them (1524 1560) …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • du Bellay,Joachim — du Bel·lay (do͞o bə lāʹ, dü bĕ lāʹ), Joachim. See Bellay, Joachim du. * * * …   Universalium

  • DU BELLAY, Joachim — (1522 1560) Joachim Du Bellay s Defense et illustration de la langue françoyse (A de­fense and illustration of the French language, 1549) proclaimed the doctrine of the French Pleiade poets, including Du Bellay, Pierre de Ronsard,* and Jean… …   Renaissance and Reformation 1500-1620: A Biographical Dictionary

  • du Bellay, Joachim — ▪ French poet born c. 1522, Liré, Fr. died Jan. 1, 1560, Paris  French poet, leader with Pierre de Ronsard (Ronsard, Pierre de) of the literary group known as La Pléiade (Pléiade, La). Du Bellay is the author of the Pléiade s manifesto, La… …   Universalium

  • Du Bellay, Joachim — (ca. 1522 1560)    French poet, second only to Pierre de Ronsard among the group of court poets known as La Pléiade. Like others of this school, he strove to capture and express the spirit of the great poets of classical antiquity in his native… …   Historical Dictionary of Renaissance

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  • Joachim Du Bellay — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Du Bellay (Famille). Joachim du Bellay …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Joachim du Bellay — (* um 1522 in Liré nahe Angers; † 1. Januar 1560 in Paris) war ein französischer Autor. Er gilt neben Pierre de Ronsard als der bedeutendste französische Lyriker der Mitte des 16. Jahrhunderts …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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