Other literary forms

Joachim du Bellay (dew beh-LAY) is known primarily for his poetry. However, he did write La Défense et illustration de la langue française (1549; The Defence and Illustration of the French Language, 1939). In this manifesto, he expressed the aims of the Pléiade, the poetry circle to which he belonged and which was dedicated to developing French as a recognized and acceptable language for poetry.