Joachim du Bellay

(1525 - 1 January 1560 / Château of La Turmelière, Lire)

Joachim du Bellay
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Joachim du Bellay was a French poet, critic, and a member of the Pléiade.

Biography

Joachim Du Bellay was born at the Château of La Turmelière, not far from Liré, near Angers, being the son of Jean du Bellay, Lord of Gonnor, first cousin of the cardinal Jean du Bellay and of Guillaume du Bellay. His mother was Renée Chabot, daughter of Perceval Chabot and heiress of La Turmelière (Plus me plaît le séjour qu'ont bâti mes aïeux).

Both his parents died while he was still a child, and he was left to the guardianship of his elder brother, René du Bellay, who neglected his education, leaving him to run wild at La Turmelière. When he was twenty-three, however, he ... more »

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Que N'Ai-Je Encor La Harpe Thracienne

Que n'ai-je encor la harpe thracienne,
Pour réveiller de l'enfer paresseux
Ces vieux Césars, et les ombres de ceux
Qui ont bâti cette ville ancienne ?

Ou que je n'ai celle amphionienne,
Pour animer d'un accord plus heureux
De ces vieux murs les ossements pierreux,
Et restaurer la gloire ausonienne ?

Pussé-je au moins d'un pinceau plus agile
Sur le patron de quelque grand Virgile
De ces palais les portraits façonner :

J'entreprendrais, vu l'ardeur qui m'allume,
De rebâtir au compas de la plume
Ce que les mains ne peuvent maçonner.

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