poet Jean Racine

Jean Racine

Jean Racine
Do you like this poet?
8 person liked.
1 person did not like.

Jean Racine poems, quotations and biography on Jean Racine poet page. Read all poems of Jean Racine and infos about Jean Racine.

Jean Racine (December 1639 – April 21, 1699) was a French dramatist, one of the "Big Three" of 17th century France (along with Molière and Corneille), and one of the most important literary figures in the Western tradition. Racine was primarily a tragedian, producing such 'examples of neoclassical perfection' as Phedre, Andromaque, and Athalie, although he did write one comedy, Les Plaideurs, and a muted tragedy,Esther, for the young.

Racine's plays displayed his mastery of the dodecasyllabic alexandrine; his verse is renowned for elegance, purity, speed, and fury, and for what Robert Lowell described as a 'diamond-edge', and the 'glory of its hard, electric rage'. ... more »

Add this poet to your My Favorite Poets.


Jean Racine Quotations

  • ''Do you think you can be righteous and holy with impunity?''
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Abner to Jehoiada, in Athaliah, act 1, sc. 1 (1691).
    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''Tired of being of loved, he wants to be feared.''
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Agrippina, in Britannicus, act 1, sc. 1 (1669). Agrippina is speaking of her son, Nero.
    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''I would soon fear him, if he did not still fear me.''
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Agrippina, in Britannicus, act 1, sc. 1 (1669). Agrippina is speaking of her son, Nero.
    2 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''When will the veil be lifted that casts so black a night over the universe? God of Israel, lift at last the gloom: For how long will you be hidden?''
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. An Israelite, in Esther, act 2, sc. 8 (1689).
    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''All is asleep: the army, the wind, and Neptune.''
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Archas, in Iphigeneia, act 1, sc. 1 (1674).
    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.

Comments about Jean Racine

There is no comment submitted by members..
Best Poem of Jean Racine