Selected Poems from Luis de Góngora y Argote

Góngora y Argote, Luis de (1561–1627), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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Luis de Góngora y Argote, a seminal figure in Spanish Baroque poetry, is renowned for his contribution to the sonnet form. His work is characterised by ‘culteranismo’, a complex and ornate style, contrasting with the ‘conceptismo’ of his contemporary, Francisco de Quevedo. Góngora’s sonnets encompass a range of themes including love, satire, morality, philosophy, and religion, along with autobiographical elements highlighting his own aging and physical decline. These sonnets, while not officially published during his lifetime, were widely disseminated through manuscripts, cancioneros, and anthologies, sometimes without his consent. His influence extended beyond poetry, as he also wrote notable plays and other long-form poems. Góngora’s style and thematic diversity have cemented his status as a pivotal figure in Spanish literature.

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Kline, A. S.

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