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Jean Passerat

Jean PasseratBorn: 18-Oct-1534
Birthplace: Troyes, France
Died: 14-Sep-1602
Location of death: Paris, France
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Poet

Nationality: France
Executive summary: Satyre ménippée

French poet, born at Troyes, on the 18th of October 1534. He studied at the university of Paris, and is said to have had some curious adventures at one time working in a mine. He was, however, a scholar by natural taste, and became eventually a teacher at the Collège de Plessis, and on the death of Ramus was made professor of Latin in 1572 in the Collège de France. In the meanwhile Passerat had studied law, and had composed much agreeable poetry in the Pléiade style, the best pieces being his short ode Du Premier jour de mai, and the charming villanelle, J'ai perdu ma tourterelle. His exact share in the Satyre ménippée (Tours, 1594), the great manifesto of the politique or Moderate Royalist party when it had declared itself for Henry of Navarre, is differently stated; but it is agreed that he wrote most of the verse, and the harangue of the guerrilla chief Rieux is sometimes attributed to him. The famous lines Sur la journée de Senlis, in which he commends the duc d'Aumale's ability in running away, is one of the most celebrated political songs in French. Towards the end of his life he became blind. He died in Paris on the 14th of September 1602.

    University: University of Paris
    Professor: Collège de Plessis
    Professor: Latin, Collège de France (1572-)

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