Marc-Antoine de Gérard Saint-Amant, Sieur de

Saint-Amant, Marc-Antoine de Gérard, Sieur de (märk-äNtwänˈ də zhārärˈ, syör də săNtämäNˈ) [key], 1594–1661, French lyric poet. After establishing himself through public readings in Parisian cabarets, Saint-Amant traveled to Warsaw, Rome, and London and performed on commission in many royal courts. His best-known works, noted for their vivid realism, are the sonnet Les Goinfres [the drinkers] (c.1630) and the satire Rome ridicule [ridiculous Rome] (1633).

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