Academic journal article Seventeenth-Century News

Salmon Macrins Gedichtsammlungen Von 1537. Edition Mit Wortindex

Academic journal article Seventeenth-Century News

Salmon Macrins Gedichtsammlungen Von 1537. Edition Mit Wortindex

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Salmon Macrins Gedichtsammlungen von 1537. Edition mit Wortindex. Ed. by Marie-Franpoise Schumann. Hamburger Beitrage zur neulateinischen Philologie, 8. Berlin / Munster: LIT, 2012. XX + 692 pp. This book is the third of four volumes by Schumann in the series Hamburger Beitrage zur neulateinischen Philologie focusing on the works of the sixteenth-century French Neo-Latin poet Salmon Macrin (or Jean Salmon Macrin). Born in Loudon in 1490, Macrin was a favorite of King Francis I of France and, after the death of the latter, of his successor Henry II. Between 1513 and 1550, he published over 1100 poems in his highly influential poetry collections (for an overview cf. Schumann's study of Macrin's oeuvre in the series Hamburger Beitrage zur neulateinischen Philologie, volume 6). Clearly inspired by Catullus and Horace in themes, style, and form, Macrin claimed to have introduced these two writers into French poetry. He thus inspired and influenced not only the Neo-Latin literature of his time, but also vernacular poets, most prominently the Pleiade.

Salmon Macrin is one of many Neo-Latin authors who were greatly admired by their contemporaries but are little studied today. Most of Macrin's works lack a modern edition, let alone a translation or commentary. With her four volumes in the series Hamburger Beitrage zur neulateinischen Philologie, Schumann has made a large part of Macrin's works accessible for further research. In volume 6 (2009), she presented an extended version of her doctoral thesis at the University of Hamburg about Macrin's love poetry, particularly his poems to his wife Gelonis (Guillonne Boursault; cf. Philip Ford's review in Renaissance Quarterly 63 (2010): 560-61). With the volumes 7 (2011), the volume under review, and the recently published volume 9 (2013), she provides one of the first modern editions of Salmon Macrin's poetry collections (Latin text only). Volume 7 dealt with the poetry collections from 1528 to 1534, volume 8 with the year 1537, and the most recent volume with Macrin's poetry from 1538 to 1546.

Volume 8 contains two collections from the year 1537, Macrin's Hymnorum libri sex and his Odarum libri sex, the latter printed together with aliquot Epigrammata. …

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