Spanish Sonnets

 

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Garcilaso de la Vega, Soneto XIV

In class, we have studied Petrarchan and Shakespearean sonnets. But the sonnet tradition was not confined to Italy and Britain. If you are interested in learning about the sonnet tradition in Spain, here are two links to  websites you might find interesting: Historia de la Literatura Hispanica and La Web de Garcilaso. On the former site, you can read about the Golden Age of Spanish poetry. On the latter, you can read about poet Garcilaso de la Vega, who was the most influential poet to introduce the Petrarchan sonnet to Spain. His Sonnets 1 through 40 are under the “Works” tab. If you would like to read English translations of Garcilaso’s poetry, I recommend Selected Poems of Garcilaso de la Vega: A Bilingual Edition. The link is to the eBook, which is available through our library.

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