Garcilaso de la Vega and the Italian Renaissance

Garcilaso de la Vega and the Italian Renaissance

by Daniel L. Heiple
     
 

Following studies by Goodman, Waley, and Darst, this new study of Garcilaso's work rejects as unfounded the traditional readings of Garcilaso's poetry based on the idea of sincerity and the poet's frustrated love for the Portuguese lady-in-waiting Isabel Freire. In place of the much-abused concept of sincerity, Heiple argues that the intellectual currents of the

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Following studies by Goodman, Waley, and Darst, this new study of Garcilaso's work rejects as unfounded the traditional readings of Garcilaso's poetry based on the idea of sincerity and the poet's frustrated love for the Portuguese lady-in-waiting Isabel Freire. In place of the much-abused concept of sincerity, Heiple argues that the intellectual currents of the Renaissance are much more important for the analysis of Garcilaso's poetry. He analyzes in Garcilaso's poetry the uses of Renaissance concepts of mythology, poetic style, theories of love, primitivism, and iconological traditions. Especially important in these analyses are the poetic practices of Petrarchism as defined by Pietro Bembo and the reaction against them proclaimed by Bernardo Tasso.

Heiple studies each of the sonnets, tracing their roots in the Hispanic cancionero poetry through Petrarchism and Neoplatonism to the specific reactions against the Italian Petrarchan mode, ending with the sonnets in imitation of the classical epigram. Several longer poems, Canción IV, Elegy II, and Ode ad florem Gnidi, are discussed within the contexts of Renaissance poetic conventions and ideas, bringing to the fore Garcilaso's incisive wit. By abandoning the traditional search for biographical elements in the love poems, Heiple is able to bring new relevant information to the interpretation of well-known texts and provide new readings for many of Garcilaso's poems.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271010168
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Series:
Studies in Romance Literatures
Pages:
444
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.03(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
IGarcilaso and the Rhetoric of Sincerity1
1Garcilaso's Critics and the Question of Sincerity3
2Text and Message in the Love Lyric29
3Garcilaso and Renaissance Modes of Imitation55
IIThe Vernacular Renaissance73
4Pietro Bembo and Sixteenth-Century Petrarchism77
5Bernardo Tasso and the Beginnings of Anti-Petrarchism103
IIIGarcilaso's Petrarchan Sonnets135
6Apprenticeship in the Italian Mode143
7The Petrarchan Sonnets161
8Unorthodox Petrarchan Postures179
IVAnti-Petrarchan Postures in the Sonnets197
9Love Sonnets in a New Mode201
10Neoplatonic Themes in the Love Sonnets233
11The Dedicatory Sonnets261
VCode and Paradox279
12Mars and Venus Shamed: The Paradox of Love and Civilization281
13Mars Dominant: Jealousy and the Difficulty of Moderation317
VIMars in the House of Venus: The Ode ad florem Gnidi337
14Garcilaso's Ode and the Classical Tradition339
15The Ode ad florem Gnidi as Iconological Mystery365
Conclusion393
Works Consulted397
Index419

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