Labé, Louise

Labé, Louise

(lwēz läbā`), c.1520–1566, French poet. She was an active member of the so-called Lyons school of poets headed by Maurice ScèveScève, Maurice
, c.1510–c.1564, French poet. While studying at Avignon he discovered the tomb of Laura, to whom Petrarch directed many of his sonnets. Scève was the leader of the so-called Lyons school of poets, which was the first to bring the influence of
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. Labé's elegies and sonnets, in Oeuvres (1555), are love poems notable for their passion and honesty. The wife of a rich rope-maker, she was nicknamed "La Belle Cordière."
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