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Pointed poetry: agudeza and petrarchism in Góngora’s late sonnets

Elizabeth Amann (UGent)
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Studies of Gongora's Petrarchism have generally focused on his early work: particularly the sonnets of the 1580s. At the end of his career, however, Gongora revisited the Petrarchan mode of his first period in a series of sonnets. In this article, I explore this return to Petrarchism and the attitude of the mature poet toward the Petrarchan tradition. The essay focuses on three late sonnets which share a series of characteristics: 'Al tronco Filis de un laurel sagrado' (1621), 'Prision de nacar era articulado' (1620), and 'Peinaba al sol Belisa sus cabellos' (1620). In these poems, we will see how Gongora criticizes a careless and exaggerated Petrarchism and insists on the importance of agudeza (wit) in lyric poetry.
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Petrarchism, Gongora, agudeza, Torquato Tasso

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Amann, Elizabeth. 2011. “Pointed Poetry: Agudeza and Petrarchism in Góngora’s Late Sonnets.” Hispanic Research Journal-iberian and Latin American Studies 12 (4): 306–322.
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Amann, E. (2011). Pointed poetry: agudeza and petrarchism in Góngora’s late sonnets. HISPANIC RESEARCH JOURNAL-IBERIAN AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES, 12(4), 306–322.
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Amann E. Pointed poetry: agudeza and petrarchism in Góngora’s late sonnets. HISPANIC RESEARCH JOURNAL-IBERIAN AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES. 2011;12(4):306–22.
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Amann, Elizabeth. “Pointed Poetry: Agudeza and Petrarchism in Góngora’s Late Sonnets.” HISPANIC RESEARCH JOURNAL-IBERIAN AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES 12.4 (2011): 306–322. Print.
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  journal      = {HISPANIC RESEARCH JOURNAL-IBERIAN AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES},
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  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/146827311X13063149337566},
  volume       = {12},
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