Herrera, Fernando de

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Herrera, Fernando de

Fernando de Herrera (fārnän´dō ŧħā ārā´rä), 1534–97, Spanish poet. One of the outstanding poets of the 16th cent. and the leader of the Seville school, he earned the name Herrera el Divino. He is remembered for his Neoplatonic love lyrics and sonnets inspired by Doña Leonor de Gelves and for his heroic odes on Don Juan of Austria and the victory of Lepanto. His annotated edition of the poetry of Garcilaso was a masterpiece of Renaissance criticism and analysis. Herrera's Tomás Moro (1592) was a defense of Sir Thomas More.

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