Clément Marot: Blasons anatomiques du corps féminin [Anatomical Blazons of the Female Body] (1574 words)

Edith Benkov (University of San Diego )
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While the blazon may owe its origin to the medieval heraldic tradition both visual and poetic, the blason anatomique (anatomical blazon) owes its fame and popularity during the mid-sixteenth century to Clément Marot. During his exile at the court of Renée de France in Ferrara, Marot published a short poem, “Le Blason du tetin” (The Blazon of the Breast, later called “Le Beau tetin” [The Beautiful Breast]), which would launch the vogue for this literary genre in 1535. The success of the poem was such that Marot challenged other poets to a contest: each one was to select another part of the female body to write about and submit the poems to Renée who would …

Citation: Benkov, Edith. "Blasons anatomiques du corps féminin". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 September 2018 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38870, accessed 15 August 2020.]

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