François Villon was a French poet, thief, and vagabond. He is perhaps best known for his Testaments and his Ballade des Pendus, written while in prison. The question "Mais où sont les neiges d'antan?", taken from the Ballade des dames du temps jadis and translated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti as "Where are the snows of yesteryear?", is one of the most famous lines of translated secular poetry in the English-speaking world.
Villon's real surname has been a matter of dispute; he has been called François de Montcorbier and François Des Loges and other names, though in literature Villon is the sole name used. Villon was born in 1431, almost certainly in Paris. The ... more »
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- Ballad Of The Ladies Of Yore
- The Debate Between Villon And His Heart
- The Ballad Of The Hanged Men
- The Ballad Of The Proverbs
- Ballade To Our Lady
- Epitaph In The Form Of A Ballade
- Arbor Amoris
- Le Testament: Les Regrets De La Belle He...
- Le Testament: Ballade: Pour Robert d'Est...
- The Ballad of Villon and Fat Madge
- Ballade: Epistre
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