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Thanks to her acclaimed volume of poetry and prose published in France in 1555, Louise Lab? (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, Lab? 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 Prose also features the only translations of Lab?'s sonnets to follow the exacting rhyme patterns of the originals and the first rhymed translation of Lab?'s elegies in their entirety.
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Louise Labé, (c. 1520 or 1522, Lyon – 25 April 1566, Parcieux), also identified as La Belle Cordière (The Beautiful Ropemaker), was a female French poet of the Renaissance born in Lyon, the daughter of wealthy ropemaker Pierre Charly and his second wife, Etiennette Roybet.
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