Ahhhhhh, February. The month of romance, love, hearts, wine, chocolate and…poetry. Well there is also blizzards, cold, wet and rodents that think they can predict the future but we’ll just leave that alone.
It is only fitting that our profile this month should be the French poet and essayist, René François Armand (Sully) Prudhomme, .
René François Armand Sully-Prudhomme was born in Paris in 1839. On the heels of the miserable period depicted in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, life in Paris was a difficult at best. As the son of a shopkeeper who died when Sully was just two years old, life was a challenge.
As a child, Sully enjoyed classic literature and mathematics and at one point flirted with entering the Dominican Order. Upon graduating from Lycee Bonaparte, Sully-Prudomme studied the sciences in order to enter engineering, This plan was foiled due to a nasty, debilitating eye condition which made this career choice impossible. Following a stint as a factory correspondence, he then began the study of Law and worked in the office of a solicitor.
For one that wrote of feelings and emotions, Sully-Prudhomme was not to be so lucky in love, Having experienced one failed romance, he remained a bachelor for life.