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Juan del Valle y Caviedes: A Study of the Life, Times and Poetry of a Spanish Colonial Satirist
Juan del Valle y Caviedes A Study of the Life Times and Poetry of a Spanish Colonial Satirist Author:Glen L. Kolb In the seventeenth century, satirical verse in the Spanish American colonies was dominated by the two foremost poets of the entire colonial period. One of them was the famous Creole poetess of New Spain, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1648?-1695), whose poetic inspiration was not primarily satirical, but who cultivated the genre occasionally in the ... more »interest of feminism or when motivated to excoriate some particular individual.
The other was Juan del Valle y Caviedes (1651?-1697?), a thoroughly Americanized Spaniard, who lived in Lima during most of the second half of the century and produced a considerable quantity of excellent poetry, including amorous and religious romances, philosophical sonnets, and several dramatic pieces. His truest inspiration, however, was satirical, and although the most frequent target of his invective was the ignorant medical quacks of the time, at whose hands he had experienced some personal discomfort, other objects of his mordacity were many and varied.
The chapters are: (1) The Life and Times of Caviedes; (2) The "Tooth of Parnassus," Satire of Doctors; (3) Women: Love, Humor, and Pornographic Satire; (4) Religious Poetry and Anti-Clerical Satire; (5) Miscellaneous Verse; (6) Evaluation and Conclusion. Includes a bibliography.« less