Burlesque poems of Antoine Girard de Saint-Amant

Antoine Girard de Saint-Amant, 1651 edition (Google Books)

Lister read the poems of Saint-Amant on 2 July 1664 when in Aix-en-Provence.

The libertine Antoine Girard de Saint-Amant (1594-1661) coined the term ‘mock-heroic’, and set the fashion of the burlesque poem, developed later by Paul Scarron (who was also on Lister’s reading list).  Saint-Amant’s hymn to indolence can be heard here.

Saint-Amant satirised his own grand tour abroad in Albion (1643), a mock heroic poem concerning his visit to Cromwellian England which includes specific and informative descriptions of London theatre.  William Roberts of Northwestern University has published his account of an original manuscript of Albion, as well as of Saint-Amant’s correspondence.

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