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  1. Nicolas (nikɔlɑ). full name Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux . 1636–1711, French poet and critic; author of satires, epistles, and L'Art poétique (1674), in which he laid down the basic principles of French classical literature
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Historical Examples

  • Besides, Boileau was very partial both in his encomiums and his censures.

    Letters on England


  • The satire of Boileau, just in its severity, was hardly needed to slay the slain.

  • He became as painstaking an artist in verse as Boileau would have him.

    Classic French Course in English

    William Cleaver Wilkinson

  • It is not the only occasion on which we may bless what Boileau cursed.

  • It was in this light they were considered by Boileau, after he had indulged in them in his youth.