Clément Marot

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One of the most innovative and influential poets in Renaissance France as well as the tradition of French verse in general, Clément Marot is best known for bridging the gap between the stilted pedantry of medieval tradition and classical influences of Renaissance humanism. Finding himself on the cusp, straddling a major poetic watershed, Marot was a master in both domains, demonstrating a natural ease with traditional medieval forms, such as the rondeau, blason, and ballade, with great competence and verve in imitating the classical elegy, ode, eclogue, and epigram. Praised and demonized by competing camps in the battle for a nascent French national poetics, he was the model …

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Hudson, Robert J.. "Clément Marot". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 May 2009
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