I hope that the slightly abrasive title is forgivable, as the judgement on this poetry is not mine, but Hans Freudenthal's. Here is the background: in the Dictionary of Scientific Biography, there is an entry on Augustin-Louis Cauchy written by Freudenthal. It is an excellent biography, but there is one line in there which surprised me:

[Cauchy] also produced French and Latin poetry, which, however, is better forgotten.

Freudenthal was apparently quite interested in and well-read on the subject of poetry, so this judgement might well be sound -- but I'd like to find out for myself! I am unable to find any trace of this harshly sentenced poetry of Cauchy's online, so my question is precisely as stated in the title!

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    $\begingroup$ Augustin Cauchy, « Épître d’un mathématicien à un poète, ou La leçon d’astronomie », Bulletin de l’Institut catholique, n° 1, 13 janvier 1842, p. 13-20 ; (cf. Belhoste B , AL Cauchy, a biography, Springer 1991) $\endgroup$
    – sand1
    Aug 18, 2021 at 9:11
  • $\begingroup$ The following publication only reproduces the introduction, not the actual poem: Nicolas Wanlin, "Le poème didactique : un genre réactionnaire ?". La Révolution française. Cahiers de l’Institut d’histoire de la Révolution française 7 (2014), (online) $\endgroup$
    – njuffa
    Aug 18, 2021 at 18:40


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