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Jean-Baptiste Rousseau


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Jean-Baptiste Rousseau : odes

'I made acquaintance yesterday with the famous poet Rousseau, who lives here [Vienna] under the peculiar protection of Prince Eugene, by whose liberality he subsists. He passes here for a free-thinker, and, what is still worse in my esteem, for a man whose heart does not feel the encomiums he gives to virtue and honour in his poems. I like his odes mightily, they are much superior to the lyrick productions of our English poets, few of whom have made any figure in that kind of poetry.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary, Lady Wortley Montagu      


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