Lady Châtelet’s lover (aka Voltaire)

[With apologies to D.H. Lawrence]

Voltaire clerihew

François-Marie Arouet (also known as Voltaire) was one of the Enlightenment’s leading defenders of free thought and religious tolerance. He lived in England for three years. He lived with Madame du Châtelet from 1734 until her death in 1740. You could say he was Lady Châtelet’s lover.

According to Wikipedia, the name Voltaire is an anagram of ‘AROVET LI’ (Arouet le jeune — ‘Arouet the younger’), and is also meant to suggest agility and volatility. You can read about Voltaire and Émilie du Châtelet in Wikipedia. Apparently it is impossible to find a portrait (or statue) of Voltaire without his trademark smirk.


“I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.’ And God granted it.” — Voltaire


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