The Baroque Poetry of Fernando De Herrera, 1554-1597: Decoro in the Spanish Poetry of the 16th and 17th Centuries

The Baroque Poetry of Fernando De Herrera, 1554-1597: Decoro in the Spanish Poetry of the 16th and 17th Centuries

By: Scott Sigel (author)Hardback

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This work examines the poetry of Fernando de Herrera as an expression of important social changes in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain. This study should appeal to scholars interested in Spanish literature and history. This study examines the way in which poetry, in this case the poetry of Fernando de Herrera, could function as an expression, not merely the product, of significant change in the social and economic ordering in sixteenth and seventeenth century Spanish life. The rise of the monarchical order, now based on imperial interests, replaced the earlier medieval dependence on theological justifications for the state with a newly defined structure of secular beliefs and behaviors. Part of this emerging secular order was felt in poetry as a system of regulating principles and practices known as poetic decorum. The emergence of this defined aesthetic of the secular is revealed in Fernando de Herrera's poetry, in both his awareness and use of this system of decoro.

About Author

Dr. Scott Sigel completed his Ph.D. in Spanish and Classics at Stanford University and currently Visiting Professor of French and Spanish at Minot State University in North Dakota. He specializes in the study of Romance and Classical Languages and Literature and has published several articles on related topics.


Foreword by Madeline Sutherland-Meier; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I - Lives and Times; The World of Fernando de Herrera; Time and Poetry in the Eclogues; Part II - The Examined Life; The Neo-Platonism of the Sonnets; The Move towards Desengano in the Fourth Elegy; Conclusion; Primary Texts; Bibliography; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773454644
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 144
  • ID: 9780773454644
  • ISBN10: 0773454640

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