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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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Ronsard in Conflict: A Writer out of Place

Ronsard in Conflict: A Writer out of Place

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An Errant Eye

Tom Conley

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter determines some spatial and topical modes of creation through the works of Pierre de Ronsard, a sixteenth-century French poet who established a world map and a territory of his own signature. In his poems Les Odes and Oeuvres completes, explosive invention is both tied to topographical imagery and appealing to the recent memory of the emblem of the woodcut images. During the Renaissance, innovation and experiment with the printed and illustrated book appear to give reason to the spatial force of poetry. Lyrical verse is hieroglyphic, and as they had been affiliated with ancient Egypt were said to belong to a latent or manifest language of geography. The creative drive of poetry of the moment is so often likened to engraved images that verbal material, much as it is in contemporary maps, acquires specific spatial and iconic densities.

Keywords:   Pierre de Ronsard, poetry, topographical imagery, spatial force, hieroglyphic, iconic densities, Oeuvres completes, Les Odes

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