Yves Bonnefoy, France’s most famous contemporary poet and celebrated translator of Shakespeare whose poems were translated into 30 languages, has died at the age of 93, officials confirmed Saturday.

According to the College de France Research and Education Institute where he was an honorary professor, he died on Friday.

The prolific writer, essayist and poet also translated the works of Yeats, Petrarch and his friend, the Greek poet, George Seferis.

Bonnefoy published his first volume of poetry in 1946 and first achieved fame seven years later with his third book.

Since the announcement of his death, admirers from around the world have been taking to Twitter to mourn his demise with many of them quoting lines from his most famous works.

Known for his piercing gaze and mop of white hair, he will surely be missed for his great works.



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