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An Errant EyePoetry and Topography in Early Modern France$
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Tom Conley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669646

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669646.001.0001

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A Poet in Relief: Maurice Scève

A Poet in Relief: Maurice Scève

(p.117) 4 A Poet in Relief: Maurice Scève
An Errant Eye

Tom Conley

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores the works of poet Maurice Scève, specifically Délie: Obiect de plus haultevertu, Saulsaye, his royal entry for Henry II, and Microcosme. It determines a sense of Scève’s coordinates and coordination concerning: (1) of space and place through the heritage of the emblem; (2) of the tension felt between cosmography and geography; (3) of the adventure of alterity in the in the hills and valleys of consciousness as the verses move in and about the space and form of its own idiom; (4) in the presence of mapping and self-locating images that serve to determine the poet’s self-estrangement and; (5) in the implications of the poetry for what concerns topography. The chapter appreciates each work as composite crafted by the poet and by the artists of emblems, city views, and landscapes. One of the latter discussed is Bernard Salomon, a draftsman and designer who frequently collaborated with Scève.

Keywords:   Maurice Scève, Délie, Saulsaye, Microcosme, emblem, cosmography, geography, topography, Bernard Salomon

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