Pierre de Ronsard
Pierre de Ronsard (1524 – 1585) was for many years the royal poet for the House of Valois, memorializing numerous kings and members of the French court as well as official events and literary figures, including Henri II, Charles IX, François Rabelais, and Marguerite de Navarre. Among the more than one thousand poems he wrote were sonnets on Petrarch, odes after Pindar and Horace, elegies, eclogues, songs, and witty if sometimes dark light verse. He investigates the metaphysical and the all-too-human, the obscure and the infinite, the subtle and the passionate, and organic and inorganic phenomena of the Earth. He openly advises the reader on how to comprehend and confront the world.