Jacques Delille was a French poet and translator. He was born at Aigueperse in Auvergne and died in Paris.
Delille was an illegitimate child, and was descended by his mother from the chancellor De l'Hôpital. He was educated at the College of Lisieux in Paris and became an elementary teacher. He gradually acquired a reputation as a poet by his epistles, in which things are not called by their ordinary names but are hinted at by elaborate paraphrases. Sugar becomes le miel américain, Que du suc des roseaux exprima l'Africain.
The publication (1769) of his translation of the Georgics of Virgil made him famous. In 1786 he made a journey to Constantinople in the train of the ... more »
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