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Publication details for Professor Richard Maber1982 Maber, Richard G. The Poetry of Pierre Le Moyne, 1602-1671, University of Durham Publications/Peter Lang, 9 plates + 311 pp.
- Publication type: Books: authored
- ISSN/ISBN: 3261049456
Author(s) from Durham
The work of the remarkable Jesuit poet Pierre Le Moyne is current being dramatically revalued after three centuries of neglect. This book undertakes, for the first time, a comprehensive study of all his poetry, and shows how, for all its richness and diversity, it is based on firmly-held artistic and moral principles, from which derive both its power and its unevenness. Le Moyne's forceful personality can be seen in his poetic theories, and in the way in which he absorbed and transformed a wide range of influences. His restless energy and bold imagination are evident throughout the detailed analysis of the poetry, which covers its themes, its style, in particular the exceptionally rich imagery, and its prosody. Finally, there is an appendix on Le Moyne's extensive revisions to his works, which have never been thoroughly studied before. The book is illustrated with ten plates.