Academic journal article Medium Aevum

A Sonnet from Carthage: Garcilaso De la Vega and the New Poetry of Sixteenth-Century Europe

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

A Sonnet from Carthage: Garcilaso De la Vega and the New Poetry of Sixteenth-Century Europe

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Richard Helgerson, ^4 Sonnet from Carthage: Garcilaso de la Vega and the New Poetry of SixteenthCentury Europe (Philadelphia, Pa.: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007). xvii + 1 20 pp. ISBN 978-0-8122-4004-7. $34.9 5 /£2 3. 00. In this slender volume Richard Helgerson offers an extended analysis of one of Garcilaso's lesser- known poems, ? osean, las armas y el furor de Marte' (A Boscán desde la Goleta), otherwise known as his Sonnet from Carthage. After a short preface in which the author explains his reasons for writing, the discussion that ensues is divided into a series of six chapters of varying length followed by a brief epilogue. These are supplemented by a bilingual anthology of the five Tunisian poems ('Epístola a Boscán', 'Soneto a Mario', 'Elegía a Boscán', 'Elegía al duque d'Alva', and 'Ode ad Genesium Sepulvedam') composed in the fourteen months between October 1534 and December 1 535. In this context Helgerson offers a broad exploration of the poetry of the early Renaissance, beginning in What they expected (... and what they got)' with the question of accomplishment (and the way in which it was understood by Medina and Herrera), before working his way through five chapters that take their titles from phrases in the Sonnet from Carthage: 'Las armas y el furor de Marte' (chapter 2), 'El arte italiano' (chapter 3), 'Aquí' (chapter 4), 'Me deshago' (chapter 5), and 'Boscán' (chapter G). …

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