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Petrarchism at WorkContextual Economies in the Age of Shakespeare$
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William J. Kennedy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700019

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700019.001.0001

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Polished to Perfection

Polished to Perfection

Ronsard’s Investment in Les Amours

(p.133) Chapter 1 Polished to Perfection
Petrarchism at Work

William J. Kennedy

Cornell University Press

This chapter analyzes the investments Ronsard had made to his volume of poetry, Les Amours (1552). Previously published as Les Quatre Premiers Livres des Odes (1550), Les Amours is a reissue of the original with several deletions and minor revisions as well as thirty-nine new sonnets and a commentary by Marc Antoine Muret. Submitting his published texts to further revision over decades, sometimes rewriting them so completely as to generate wholly new poems, the formerly self-styled poet of sublime aspiration and divine fureur became a technician of style, a painstaking maker—and master—of polished artifacts. And to this investment Ronsard would also attach an economic valuation.

Keywords:   Les Amours, Pierre de Ronsard, revisions, economic valuation, furor

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