Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2016

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Christopher Braider

Second Advisor

Masano Yamashita

Third Advisor

Katherine Eggert


Among the most significant works written by Joachim Du Bellay are those published in 1558 upon his return from a five-year stay in Rome. Three of these works—Les Regrets, Divers jeux rustiques, and Les Antiquités de Rome—offer a contradictory, but nevertheless revelatory view of the evolution of Du Bellay’s poetry since the 1549 publication of his Défense et illustration de la langue française. The focus of this thesis will be an exploration of the extensive metapoetic reflection present in Du Bellay’s ‘Roman’ works—especially as it relates to the Défense. Of particular interest is how this ‘Roman’ poetry is exemplary of Du Bellay’s mastery of his own literary theories regarding the imitation of Greco-Roman Antiquity, and also of his increased experimentation outside of these theories. Ultimately, this corpus is remarkable for the way in which it represents a metapoetic reconsideration of Du Bellay’s theories on imitation and the role of poetry in XVIth century France.