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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

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

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501700019.003.0006

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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