Very different from the usual run of biographies, carrying us far from the realities and letting us play in realms of love and springtime and poetry. The story of Ronsard's life recreates the spirit of the French Renaissance. There is virtually no discussion of Ronsard's poetry, though quotations are frequently included to illustrate his varying states of mind, in his love problems. Translations are aptly and sympathetically made, and the French original retained. The biographer reflects much of the spirit of the period and the man; he is meticulous as to his facts, but fills in realistic detail.