I cannot write of love, as I am not in love, I cannot write of beauty, as I have no beautiful mistress, I cannot write of sweetness, as I experience nothing but hardship, I cannot write of pleasure, as I am always in pain.
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Joachim du Bellay was born in Liré, Anjou, France. He was a French poet and critic. He was a member of the Pléiade. He studied law at the University of Poitiers. He published The Antiquities of Rome , the Various Rustic Games and the Regrets, from which are derived the famous sonnets "France, mother of the Arts" and " Happy who like Ulysses, a beautiful journey ".
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