Delille, Jacques

BORN 22 Jun 1738, Aigueperse, Auvergne - DIED 1 May 1813, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 11, bosquet delille, X, 20)

Author of descrive poems in which things are hinted at instead of stated explicitly. He was educated at the College of Lisieux in Paris and became a teacher. In 1769 his translation of "Georgica" by Vergilius was published and Voltaire recommended him for the Académie française. He was soon elected, but the king opposed his admittance until 1774, stating he was too young.

In 1786 he travelled to Constantinople. He became a professor of Latin poetry at the Collège de France. He lost his posessions during the French Revolution and moved to Saint-Dié-des-Vosges and then Switzerland, Germany and London, writing poetry wherever he lived. In 1802 he finally returned to Paris and resumed his professorship, although he was almost blind by that time. After his death his work was hardly read anymore.


The grave of Jacques Delille at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (19 Nov 2006)


• Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des Cimetières en France, Le Cherche Midi Éditeur, Paris, 1994
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909

Delius, Ernst von

Published: 11 Nov 2007
Last update: 26 Jan 2022