Other Literary Forms

(Literary Essentials: Great Poems of the World)

Luis de León is considered the greatest Spanish prose writer of the sixteenth century as well as one of Spain’s greatest poets. His prose masterpiece, Los nombres de Cristo (1583; The Names of Christ, 1926), is a treatise on the various names given to Christ in Scripture. La perfecta casada (1583; The Perfect Wife, 1943) is a commentary on Proverbs 31, with observations on marriage customs pertaining to medieval and sixteenth century women. His translations include the Song of Solomon, El cantar de los cantares (1561; The Song of Songs, 1936) and the Book of Job, El libro de Job (wr. c. 1585, pb. 1779).