Jean-Antoine de Baïf

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Jean-Antoine de Baïf, one of the original members of Pierre de Ronsard and Joachim du Bellay’s “Brigade” corps of revolutionary poets (who would later call themselves the Pléiade), was one of the brightest and most innovative literary minds in Renaissance France. Author of an impressive – albeit largely underappreciated – body of Petrarchan lyrical verse, Baïf was also a talented dramatist, translator, court poet and theorist/practitioner of experimental verse and linguistics. Afforded from his earliest age, according to the wishes of his father, a high-ranking diplomat, a seemingly unparalleled array of humanistic tutors, Baïf enjoyed a degree of erudition that helped establish his reputation as a scholar while also …

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Hudson, Robert J.. "Jean-Antoine de Baïf". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 October 2012
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