Maurice Scève: Saulsaye, Eglogue de la vie solitaire [The Willow Grove: Eclogue of Solitary Life] (1434 words)

Elizaveta Lyulekina (CUNY Graduate Center )
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Maurice Scève’s Saulsaye. Eglogue de la vie solitaire is a 750-line decasyllabic pastoral poem written in dialogue form. It stages two shepherds, Philerme (“lover of solitude”) and Antire (“the contradictor”), who argue over the benefits and dangers of rural solitude and of urban life in the outskirts of sixteenth-century Lyon. The eclogue was published anonymously in Lyon in 1547 by Jean de Tournes, but its last page allows to identify its author as it bears Scève’s devise “Souffrir non souffrir” [suffer not suffer], previously used in his Délie (1544). The text is accompanied by two woodcuts most likely produced by Bernard Salomon, a famous …

Citation: Lyulekina, Elizaveta. "Saulsaye, Eglogue de la vie solitaire". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 March 2018 [, accessed 15 August 2020.]

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