French poet and literary critic whose best known work is "La Pucelle," a 1656 epic poem about Joan of Arc. He is also known for an academic work entitled "Sentiments de l’Academie sur le Cid."
He studied French literature and also learned Japanese and Spanish in preparation for work as a tutor.
He was one of the founding members of the Academie Francaise.
His father wanted him to pursue the practical career of a notary, but his mother supported his literary interests.
He and Alfred de Musset were both French poets.