Le Parnasse satyrique  

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Parnasse, French satire

Le Parnasse satyrique is a collection of poetry by Théophile de Viau first published in 1622. It features Viau's controversial poem "Philis tout est f…tu".

Its full title was Le Parnasse satyrique du Sieur Théophile, avec le recueil des plus excellens vers satyriques de ce temps.

Published under his name (although many of the poems were written by others) Théophile de Viau was denounced by the Jesuits and was sentenced to appear bare foot before Notre Dame in Paris and to be burned alive on August 13, 1623. With Théophile de Viau in hiding, the sentence was carried out in effigy, but the poet was eventually caught in flight toward England and put in the Conciergerie prison in Paris for almost two years. The trial lead to debates among scholars and writers, and 55 pamphlets were published both for and against Théophile. His sentence was changed to perpetual banishment and Théophile spent the remaining months of his life in Chantilly under the protection of the Duke of Montmorency before dying in Paris in 1626.

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