Sponde, Jean de

Sponde, Jean de

(zhäN də spôNd), 1557–95, French poet and humanist. He held various posts in the court of Henry IV but died destitute because of his reckless nature. His Sonnets of Love and Death (1630, tr. 1962), considered his best work, abounds in antithesis and metaphor, foreshadowing the works of John DonneDonne, John
, 1572–1631, English poet and divine. He is considered the greatest of the metaphysical poets. Life and Works

Reared a Roman Catholic, Donne was educated at Oxford, Cambridge, and Lincoln's Inn.
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. Sponde also published scholarly editions of Homer and Aristotle, Homeri poemarum versio latina and La Logique d'Aristote.
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