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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Fall 2006

SPN 385M • Spanish Lyric Poetry

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49255 M
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
BEN 1.118

Course Description

A lyric poem was described as "a poem with some of the form and musical quality of song, distinguished by its unity of mood from narrative and dramatic, but possibly sharing in either." Poetry, like history and science, is a way of using language, like drama and fiction, it is a way of using language as art, giving it significant shape. Like music and dance, but characteristically in its own materials of language, lyric poetry is an art of significant shape in harmony and sound. Spanish lyric poetry goes back to the roots of Spanish literature, and forms a welter of individual voices, from which emerge certain tones and ways of expression. This course will deal with Spanish lyric poetry starting with the jarchas, in the Middle ages, to the present. The course will follow a chronological order, and will study the different types of poetry, as well as their various themes, structures and components. We shall see the different periods and mouvements as they reflect in these works. The course will be based mainly on text analysis of given poems and discussion in class.

Selected poetry from: jarchas, cantigas, poesëa tradicional espaïola, Berceo, Marqués de Santillana, Jorge Manrique, Romances, Garcilaso de la Vega, Fray Luis de Leñn, San Juan de la Cruz, Gñngora, Cadalso, Melendez Valdés, Duque de Rivas, José de Espronceda, José Zorrilla, Bécquer, Rosalëa, Maragall, Unamuno, Antonio Machado, Juan Ramñn Jiménez, Avant garde poetry, Leñn Felipe, Pedro Salinas, Jorge Guillén, Gerardo Diego, Alberti, Garcëa Lorca, Vicente Aleixandre, Miguel Hernández, José Hierro, Paco Brines, Villena, Molina Foix, Antonio Carvajal, Guillermo Carnero, Luisa Castro.

Grading Policy

One final take home exam and one or two oral presentation.


Books: Coop, compiled texts published by Coop.


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