In 1552, French poet Joachim DuBellay
(1522-1560) traveled from his native country to the Eternal City of Rome
and found it monumentally impressive but otherwise disappointing as his
naïve assumptions wilted in the indifferent glare of the harsh Italian
sun. During this period of disillusionment however he produced his most
famous collection of poems, Les Regrets.
Three years after his return to France,
DuBellay died at thirty-seven.
poem XI from Les Regrets, the most famous poem in the