Jean-Baptiste Chenet


(Born in Gonaïves, 1788-1851)

Very little is known about the life of Jean-Baptiste Chenet, except that he was trader in his hometown of Gonaïves when he published his collection of poems, Etudes poétiques ou Chants du Barde, glanés chez les Muses (1849). According to Berrou, Chenet was married three times. The poet drew inspiration from Voltaire, Alphonse de Lamartine, and Félicité Robert de Lamennais. He privileged themes of nature and beauty (Berrou, 90-91). Chenet's "Ode à Pie X" (1848), a poem in honor of Pope Pius X, has been digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de France and his Etudes poétiques by Google Books.

Biography by Emeline Frix, 2022


Berrou Raphaël, and Pradel Pompilus. Histoire de la littérature haïtienne illustrée par les textes. Ed. Caraïbes, 1975.


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Saturday, January 1st
12:00 AM

L'Orange / The Orange

Jean-Baptiste Chenet

Translation: Elena Marcato