Montaigne essays of books

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The Essays of Montaigne/Book I/Chapter II

Guide to the classics: Michel de Montaigne's Essays

They were originally written in Middle French and were originally published in the Kingdom of France. Montaigne's stated design in writing, publishing and revising the Essays over the period from approximately to was to record "some traits of my character and of my humours. Montaigne wrote in a rather crafted rhetoric designed to intrigue and involve the reader, sometimes appearing to move in a stream-of-thought from topic to topic and at other times employing a structured style that gives more emphasis to the didactic nature of his work. His arguments are often supported with quotations from Ancient Greek , Latin , and Italian texts such as De rerum natura by Lucretius [2] and the works of Plutarch. Furthermore, his Essays were seen as an important contribution to both writing form and skepticism. The name itself comes from the French word essais , meaning "attempts" or "tests", which shows how this new form of writing did not aim to educate or prove.

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Anyone who sets out to write an essay — for a school or college class, a magazine or even the book review section of a newspaper — owes something to Michel de Montaigne, though perhaps not much. Montaigne was a magistrate and landowner near Bordeaux who retired temporarily from public life in to spend more time with his library and to make a modest memento of his mind. Only a very brave or foolish exam candidate today would try to copy Montaigne instead of Bacon. Ramblings indeed.
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