Pontus de Tyard

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Pontus de Tyard, born around 1521 to nobility at Bissy-sur-Fley in the fertile, wine-growing Mâconnais, south of Burgundy, was a key figure of transition and transmission in Renaissance France. For each of his various vocations, as a poet, philosopher and theologian, his native land – and its privileged location on the River Saône between the French metropoles of Paris and Lyon – had significant bearing on his work. His poetic verse straddles both the école lyonnaise of Maurice Scève and Louise Labé, as well as the famous Parisian Pléiade brigade of Pierre de Ronsard and Joachim du Bellay. Campestral solitude and wine-induced divine fury both pervade his poetics and are theoretically distilled into his Neoplatonic …

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Hudson, Robert J.. "Pontus de Tyard". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 September 2012
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