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Je ne veux feuilleter les exemplaires Grecs

Joachim du Bellay 1525 (Liré) – 1560 (Paris)

Je ne veux feuilleter les exemplaires Grecs,
Je ne veux retracer les beaux traits d'un Horace,
Et moins veux-je imiter d'un Pétrarque la grâce,
Ou la voix d'un Ronsard, pour chanter mes Regrets.

Ceux qui sont de Phoebus vrais poètes sacrés
Animeront leurs vers d'une plus grande audace :
Moi, qui suis agité d'une fureur plus basse,
Je n'entre si avant en si profonds secrets.

Je me contenterai de simplement écrire
Ce que la passion seulement me fait dire,
Sans rechercher ailleurs plus graves arguments.

Aussi n'ai-je entrepris d'imiter en ce livre
Ceux qui par leurs écrits se vantent de revivre
Et se tirer tout vifs dehors des monuments.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Joachim du Bellay

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

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