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The French poet François Villon (1431-ca. 1463), the greatest writer of 15th-century France, was the first creative, modern French lyric poet. His work is remarkable for its rare inspiration and sincerity. François Villon, whose real name was François de Montcorbier or François des Loges, was born in 1431, the year Joan of Arc was burned at Rouen.
Some day I will go to Aarhus To see his peat-brown head, The mild pods of his eye-lids, His pointed skin cap. In the flat country near by Where they dug him out, His last gruel of winter seeds Caked in his stomach, Naked except for The cap, noose and girdle, I will stand a long time. Bridegroom to the goddess, She tightened her torc on him And opened her fen, Those dark juices working Him to a saint's kept body, Trove of the turfcutters' Honeycombed workings.
Manuscripts, illustration, accompanying art. by Jul 16
Mary Coleridge was well known in her day as a novelist and essayist, and hardly at all as a poet; now, she is better known for her poetry. In a thirteen-year period, she published five novels; for twenty-seven years she published short stories and critical essays. Near the end of her life, she also wrote an artist's biography, at his request. Known by her friends for her merry though shy disposition and her whimsy, for "the rare gift of being in love with the moment" and for being "easily amused by things and people," according to Edith Sichel in her introduction to Poems by Mary E. Coleridge, her poetry is marked by a sense of loss and change and her essays by the "downright cut-and-thrust manliness" style she admired in William Hazlitt.
A brief but insightful article by Nicholas Shakespeare, on the Czech novelist, philosopher and playwright Karel Capek. by Jun 21
Biographical note One of the most important Czech writers of the 20th century. Karel Čapek was born in Malé Svatonovice, then Austria-Hungary, now Czech Republic.
Jean Froissart’s Chroniques cover the period from around 1326 to around 1400 and are the single most important medieval prose narrative about the first part of the Hundred Years’ War. More than 150 manuscript volumes containing the Chronicles have survived in more than 30 different libraries across Europe and North America. Of the four Books of the Chronicles the first three exist in substantially different versions. The manuscript tradition of the Chroniques is a particularly rich quarry for research into many aspects of the period (history, art history, book production, literature), but research has to date been hampered by difficulties in comparing the original materials dispersed to libraries across different countries. The Online Froissart offers access to the manuscript tradition of the first three Books of Froissart’s Chronicles.