I · THE YOUNGPOETS
N introductory sketch of the backgrounds of the
three poets will serve to establish the early relationships of
each to his cultural heritage. In spite of the fact that docu
mentation is scanty in all cases, and that opinion varies
sometimes to the point of contradiction, the main lines of
development are nevertheless clear. It is interesting to find
that even in the sixteenth century the child was apparently
father to the man, that the tendencies of adolescence and
young manhood all point, whether piously or impiously, to
A YOUNGPOET IN HIS
Brain, work now as well as you can.
A partial pleasure's destroying him.
He's in a maddening situation.
Every day he kisses the face he worships,
his hands are on those magnificent limbs.
He's never loved before with this degree of passion.
But the rich fulfillment of love
is lacking: that fulfillment
which both of them have to want with the same intensity.
(They aren't equally given to homosexual love;
he alone is completely possessed by it.)
And so he's destroying himself, he's all on edge.
I. THE YOUNGPOETS
II. THE EARLY TRANSLATIONS FROM DU BELLA!
III. THEORY OF POETRY
IV. THE COMPLAINTS OF THE MUSES
V. THE CONQUEST OF TIME
VI. THE MORAL VISION OF THE WORLD
VII. PLATONISM IN SPENSER
VIII. PLATONISM IN DU BELLAY AND RONSARD
IX. DEVOTIONAL VERSE IN THE THREE POETS