Muses and Masks: Some Classical Genres of Spanish Poetry

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The Silva

IT IS HARD TO KNOW where to start in attempting to identify the Spanish "silva." This Latin word, corresponding to Italian or Spanish "selva," was widely used in reference to Spanish seventeenth-century poetry with two related but not coincident meanings: as the name for a irregular metrical combination of rhymed and unrhymed hendecasyllabic and heptasyllabic lines, and as the name for a vague classical genre of poetry usually associated with the name of the Latin poet Statius. Thus we will find that many, but not all, generic silvas are written in metrical silvas; and that many, but not all, poems written in metrical silvas are generic silvas. The silva, in both senses of the word, first appeared in Spanish poetry toward the beginning of the seventeenth century. Let us start by tracing each of these traditions independently, before attempting to relate them to one another.

The metrical silva made its appearance first in sixteenth- century Italy as a free or non-stanzaic canzone or, perhaps more accurately, as a prolonged madrigal; Anton Francesco Grazzini ( 1503- 1584) invented what he called the "madrigalessa" as a burlesque genre, not unlike the "sonetto caudato," by going beyond the usual limit of approximately 20 lines. (In seventeenth-century Spain, Jacinto Polo de Medina was to

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