Other Literary Forms

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Robert Garnier’s reputation rests solely on his plays. His first published work, however, was a collection of love poems, Plaintes amoureuses de Robert Garnier (amorous laments), which appeared in 1565. A longer poem of royalist propaganda in praise of Charles IX followed: the “Hymne de la Monarchie.” Both works are no longer extant. There exist contemporary references to other poems by Garnier, yet only two detached pieces survive, an “Épître au Roi” (epistle to the king) in honor of Henri III and “Élégie sur la mort de Ronsard” (elegy on the death of Ronsard) in honor of the French Renaissance “prince of poets.”