Pococurante


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Pococurante

wealthy count who has lost his taste for most literature, art, music, and women. [Fr. Lit.: Candide]
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As for literature, Pococurante tells Candide that Homer is nothing but repetitive battle scenes, that Virgil is a cold and disagreeable poet and Horace an irrelevant babbler.
In Voltaire's Candide, the Venetian aesthete Pococurante grants that Vergil did himself proud with a few select bits of the Aeneid, then goes on to rail against practically every personage in the poem.
Indeed, the young, homosexual Baron, and the motley array of corrupt merchants, judges and hangers-on that Candide meets in his adventures, reject learned discourse for power and material gain, while Pococurante attests his boredom.