Thanks to her acclaimed volume of poetry and prose published in France in 1555, Louise Labé (1522-66) remains one of the most important and influential women writers of the Continental Renaissance. Best known for her exquisite collection of love sonnets, Labé played off the Petrarchan male tradition with wit and irony, and her elegies respond with lyric skill to predecessors such as Sappho and Ovid. The first complete bilingual edition of this singular and broad-ranging female author,Complete Poetry and Prosealso features the only translations of Labé's sonnets to follow the exacting rhyme patterns of the originals and the first rhymed translation of Labé's elegies in their entirety.
Deborah Lesko Bakeris associate professor and chair of French at Georgetown University.Annie Finchis the director of the Stonecoast Low-Residency Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine.
Series Editors' Introduction
Volume Editor's Introduction
Volume Editor's Bibliography
Prose Translator's Note
Epistre Dedicatoire / Dedicatory Letter
Debat de Folie et d'Amour / Debate of Folly and Love
Poetry Translator's Note
Elégies / Elegies
Sonnets / Sonnets
Series Editors' Bibliography
Index of First Lines and Titles