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CHARLES D’ORLÉANS (1394-1469)

A duke and father of French King Louis XII, Charles fought in the Hundred Years’ War, was taken prisoner by the English, and held captive in England for twenty-five years. To occupy himself during his long internment he dedicated himself to writing poetry in popular poetic forms of 15th-century France, such as the rondeau, the ballade, and the complainte. Two of his major themes were nature and longing for France. The poem “Springtime” is a rondeau.

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