Varieties of Love in Golden Age Spanish Poetry (MLS3064)

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That the literary ‘Golden Age’ of Spain is reckoned by many critics to begin in 1543, with the posthumous publication of the lyric poetry of Juan Boscán and Garcilaso de la Vega, is an indication of the significance and influence of this literary form in the most dynamic and innovative period of Spain’s artistic and cultural history. In this module, you will look at the tradition of the Spanish love lyric in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, examining its native and Italian antecedents, its development, its metrical forms – most notably the sonnet -, and its different modes, such as the Petrarchist, the satirical and the divine.