"What is Love? And Do I Need It?" An Introduction to Spanish Renaissance Love Poetry (MLS2158)

15 credits

That Spain’s literary Renaissance, or her ‘Golden Age’, is reckoned by many critics to begin in 1543, with the publication of the lyric poetry of Juan Boscán and Garcilaso de la Vega, is an indication of the importance and influence of love poetry in the most dynamic period of Spain’s artistic and cultural history. In this module, you will be introduced to the Spanish love lyric of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, examining its forerunners, its development, its metrical forms—most notably the sonnet—, and its different modes, such as the Petrarchist, the satirical and the divine.