Yves Bonnefoy

French poet and essayist, translator

Yves Jean Bonnefoy[1] (June 24, 1923 – July 1, 2016) was a French poet, art critics and translator. Bonnefoy published many of translations into French, mainly poems of William Shakespeare. He was born in Tours, France.

Yves Bonnefoy (Collège de France, 2004).

He was a professor at the Collège de France from 1981 to 1993. He was the author of several works on art, art history, and artists including Miró and Giacometti.[2] The Encyclopædia Britannica presents him as ″perhaps the most important French poet of the latter half of the 20th century″.[3]

Bonnefoy died in Paris on July 1, 2016, aged 93.


  1. Google Books
  2. "Yves Bonnefoy. Bio-Bibliographie" Archived 2008-12-11 at the Wayback Machine, Éditions de Courlevour. (in French) Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  3. Global.britannica.com[permanent dead link]