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Maurice Scève (1501–1564)

Author of Délie

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Maurice Scève was the center of a circle of writers in 16th century Lyon. His difficult epigrams, which have seen renewed critical interest since the late 19th-century, were praised by Du Bellay, Ronsard, Pontus de Tyard and Des Autels for raising French poetry to new, higher esthetic standards. His Délie (sometimes understood as an anagram for l'idée), a series of love poems addressed to a lady, was the first French "canzoniere" or poetic collection modeled after Petrarch's Canzoiere. The Lyonnese school included the women writers Jeanne Gaillarde, Pernette du Guillet, Louise Labé, Clémence de Bourges and the poet's sisters, Claudine and Sybille Scève.
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