Bonnefoy, Yves

Bonnefoy, Yves ēv bônfwäˈ [key], 1923–2016, French poet, critic, and translator of many of Shakespeare's plays and poems, studied Univ. of Poitier, Sorbonne. His verse, e.g., On the Motion and Immobility of Douve (1953; tr. 1968, rev. ed. 1992), expresses a struggle to establish a concrete connection with the material world. His essays on art and literature include The Act and the Place of Poetry (1989) and studies of Miró and Rimbaud. Edited by Bonnefoy, Mythologies, a scholarly two-volume account of worldwide myths by various French authors, was published in English translation in 1991. Bonnefoy was the author of more than 100 books of poetry, criticism, essays, and translations.

See studies by M. A. Caws (1984), J. Naughton (1984), and A. V. Williams (1990).

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