Voltaire, Fontenoy, and the Crisis of Celebratory Verse

  title={Voltaire, Fontenoy, and the Crisis of Celebratory Verse},
  author={John R. Iverson},
  journal={Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture},
  pages={207 - 228}
  • John R. Iverson
  • Published 24 June 2010
  • Art
  • Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture
Voltaire's Bataille de Fontenoy is a perplexing document for the modem reader. In the midst of the philosophe's vast output, it seems to reveal an ambitious minion of the court, a poetizing flatterer who feverishly revised and republished—repeatedly—a somewhat mediocre text as he attempted to gain official favor. From this perspective, the poem poses a number of questions about the poet's desire and ability to manipulate the literary institutions of his time, and part of our concern in the… 

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