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Neoclassicism (literature) - Neoclassicism in architecture and in the decorative and visual arts, Covert neoclassicism in Modern styles

The literary principle of a form of classicism that dominated French literature in the 17th-c and 18th-c which held that the task of the writer was to initiate the perfection of Greek and Roman authors, characterized by the classical genres of epic tragedy, comedy, elegy, ode, epistle, epigram, satire, and fable. The most important summation of Neoclassicism is contained in Boileau's treatise L'Art Po├ętique (1674).

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