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The Dedicatory Epistles

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The two dedicatory epistles that accompany Clément Marots Psalm project are often treated in step motherly fashion in assessments of Marots intention in translating the Psalms. Usually they are qualified as captationes benevolentiae, mainly consisting of commonplaces and highly indebted to neo-platonic aesthetics. Be this as it may, the fact remains that in these poems Marot expressis verbis comments on his own translation project. This chapter analyses the substantial elements from which the two elaborate dedicatory poems have been constructed, in order to be able to discern what is typically Marot and what is commonplace. With the order of the Psalms unchanged and the two poems mentioned in the chapter in their original places (introducing the Trente Pseaulmes and the Vingt Pseaulmes, respectively), the title of the anonymous edition, GE43, combines them on the title page for the first time to Cinquante Pseaumes.

Keywords: Cinquante Pseaumes; Clément Marots Psalm project; dedicatory epistles; Trente Pseaulmes



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