Voltaire World Literature Analysis - Essay

Voltaire World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Very early in his life, Voltaire gained a reputation as the outstanding poet and playwright of his time. Yet although his poetry and plays earned for him fame and considerable sums of money, most are now seldom read or performed. Henriade, his one serious epic poem, is considered heavy reading. Some of Voltaire’s poetry, however—especially pieces such as Le Mondain (1736; The Man of the World, 1764) and Poem on the Lisbon Earthquake—has survived the test of time. His best poetry presents his philosophical ideas in the critical, often satirical, and epigrammatic style that is so characteristic of almost all of his writing. The Man of the World and Poem on the Lisbon...

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