A true Renaissance figure, Ronsard wrote on love, nature, wine and the pleasures of life, as well as science, politics, religion, philosophy and the art of poetry itself. Rejecting previous genres, he drew instead on classical and Italian poetic models, and on powerful imagery from ancient mythology, and made them his own.
His style ranges from the sublime rhetoric of the Pindaric odes and the hymns, to the lyricism and sensuality of his sonnets, and the lasciviousness of bawdy poems which outraged religious reformers.
In the twentieth century Ronsard's verse influenced Yeats, was illustrated by Matisse and attracted composers such as Ravel and Poulenc. He stands as one of the richest and most diverse voices in European poetry.