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Yves Bonnefoy Biography and Poems

Yves Bonnefoy Biography and Poems. This is biographical information on Yves Bonnefoy, one of the best poets of all time. This biography page also provides a link to poems written by Bonnefoy, as well as, a video biography...if available.

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Bonnefoy, Yves

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Yves Bonnefoy (born 24 June 1923) is a French poet and essayist. Bonnefoy was born in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, the son of a railroad worker and a teacher. His works have been of great importance in post-war French literature, at the same time poetic and theoretical, examining the meaning of the spoken and written word. He has also published a number of translations, most notably Shakespeare as well as several works on art and art history, including Miró and Giacometti.


Yves Bonnefoy (born June 24, 1923) is a French poet and essayist.

Bonnefoy was born in Tours, Indre-et-Loire.

His works have been of great importance in post-war French literature, at the same time poetic and theoretical, examining the meaning of the spoken and written word. He has also published a number of translations, most notably Shakespeare and published several works on art and art history, including Miró and Giacometti.

He studied mathematics and philosophy at the Universities of Poitiers and Paris. After the Second World War he travelled in Europe and the United States and studied art history. From 1945 to 1947 he was associated with the Surrealists in Paris.

In 1967 he joined with André du Bouchet, Gaëtan Picon, and Louis-René des Forêts to found L'éphemère, a journal of art and literature. Widely traveled, he has taught literature at several universities in Europe and the USA.

In 1981 he was given the chair of the comparative study of poetry at the Collège de France. In 1995 he was awarded the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca.

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