Antoine Godeau


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(1605–72), a favourite of the salons, and one of the first members of the Académie Française, became bishop of Grasse in 1636 (later of Vence). While keeping in touch with Parisian circles, he proved an admirable pastor and reforming bishop, showing some sympathy with the Jansenists. He was very prolific in both prose and verse, and, though wary of the theatre, thought it right that religion should benefit from the graces of poetry. His own poetry on devotional subjects (eclogues, odes, descriptive and narrative poems, paraphrases, etc.) is felicitously cadenced, expansive, and decorative.

From The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French in Oxford Reference.

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