Jodelle, Estienne(ātyĕn` zhôdĕl`), 1532–73, French poet of the Pléiade (see under PleiadPleiad
[from Pleiades], group of seven tragic poets of Alexandria who flourished c.280 B.C. under Ptolemy II Philadelphus. Of the works of the men usually given in lists of the Pleiad only those of Lycophron survive. A group of enthusiastic French poets took c.
..... Click the link for more information. ). He was the author of Cléopatre captive (1553), the first French tragedy that departed from medieval drama. His other plays were a comedy, Eugène (1552), and Didon se sacrifiant (1558), another tragedy.