This page will grow (slowly) as I find time and energy to develop it.

To kick off, Ronsard’s ancestry, parents and early life are discussed in the context of his autobiographical Elegy XVI. Ronsard began as “P de Ronsard, Vandomois” amd gradually became “P de Ronsard, gentilhomme Vandomois”. You’d not believe it from reading this poem!

Ronsard also writes about his career choices. In Poems book 2, the “discours à P. L’Escot” (no.7) imagines Ronsard being lectured by his father about why he should be anything but a poet…

 

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