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The Spanish Golden Age Sonnet

The Spanish Golden Age Sonnet

John Rutherford


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The sonnets written during the Spanish Golden Age of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries are among the finest poems written in the Spanish language. This book presents over one hundred of the best and most representative sonnets of that period, together with translations into English sonnets and detailed critical commentaries. Garcilaso de la Vega, Góngora and Quevedo receive particular attention, but other poets such as Aldana, Lope de Vega and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz are also well represented. A substantial introduction provides accounts of the sonnet genre, of the historical and literary background, and of the problems faced by the translator of sonnets. The aim of this volume is to provide semantically accurate translations that bring the original sonnets to life in modern English as true sonnets: not just aids to the comprehension of the originals but also lively and enjoyable poems in their own right.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Front Cover Front Cover
Title Page iii
Copyright Page iv
Dedication v
Contents vii
Series Editors’ Foreword ix
Preface xi
Introduction 1
Íñigo López de Mendoza, the Marquis of Santillana (1398–1458) 17
Juan Boscán Almugáver (c.1490–1542) 23
Garcilaso de la Vega (1503–1536) 29
Fernando de Herrera (1534–1597) 93
Francisco de Aldana (1537–1578) 97
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547–1616) 109
Luis de Góngora y Argote (1561–1627) 117
Lope de Vega Carpio (1562–1635) 151
An anonymous author (late sixteenth century) 165
Francisco Gómez de Quevedo y Villegas (1580–1645) 171
Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600–1681) 231
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651–1695) 235
Select Bibliography 247
Index of first lines of Spanish sonnets 257
General Index 260
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