The epigraph expresses a conception of creative writing and art constant in Jean Desmaret's career even before his entry into Cardinal Richelieu's personal service and already common among Court poets during the Regency of Marie de Médicis: the modern position. His attitude towards the rules is not perhaps the first to come to mind when dealing with literary creation in the ‘century of Louis XIV’. Nor does it characterise historiography of the Académie-Française, which Desmarets served for longer than any other founder-member. The Quarrel of the Imaginaires and the Quarrel of the ancients and moderns ushered in by Desmarets's quarrel with Nicolas Boileau were decisive not only for Desmarets's reputation but for French cultural developments to the end of the ancien régime and for their historiography.
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