Fifteenth-Century Spanish Poetry Criticism: Overviews And General Studies - Essay

Carl Ralph Borgia (essay date May 1984)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Borgia, Carl Ralph. “Notes on Dante in the Spanish Allegorical Poetry of Imperial, Santillana, and Mena.” Hispanófila 27, no. 81 (May 1984): 1-10.

[In the following essay, Borgia traces the influence of Dantean allegory on the poetry of Francisco Imperial, Juan de Mena, and the Marqués de Santillana.]

Historical critics have used the presence of symbolic dreams or visions in the poetry of Francisco Imperial, the Marqués de Santillana and Juan de Mena to study the relationship of these poets with the previous body of allegorical literature in Spain, Italy and France.1 The major concern has been to decide which country had most influence on the...

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Julian Weiss (essay date 1990)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Weiss, Julian. Introduction to The Poet's Art: Literary Theory in Castile c. 1400-60, pp.1-24. Oxford: The Society for the Study of Mediaeval Languages and Literature, 1990.

[In the following excerpt, Weiss surveys the social and theoretical principles expressed in Castilian poetry of the fifteenth century.]


The fifteenth century in Castile saw an astonishing outburst of poetic creativity which, at least in terms of quantity, was unmatched by any other European country.1 The early decades of the period also witnessed important changes both of a literary and a linguistic nature. Galician finally gave way to...

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