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Literary Criticism Spanish & Portuguese

The Poetry of Francisco de la Torre

by (author) John Hughes

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Dec 1982
Spanish & Portuguese, General, Poetry
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Francisco de la Torre has long been praised as an outstanding poet in the mould of Garcilaso de la Vega and his simplicity of style and soft, gentle, Arcadian environment of his poetry have been emphasized.


In this volume Professor Hughes attempts to define more accurately the position of Francisco de la Torre's verse in the evolution of Spanish poetry in the sixteenth century, revealing that Torre's vision of the pastoral world and his poetic language show him to be a transitional poet of considerable quality and substance and not merely an imitator of Garcilaso.


Hughes demonstrates that while some of Torre's poetry follows a general pastoral pattern, his descriptions are characterized by a sense of movement through a shifting perspective and that even in poems with a traditional pastoral setting, the descriptions sometimes negate the pastoral qualities. The author also shows that Torre, rather than looking back towards Garcilaso and his contemporaries, is already anticipating – especially in his stylistic technique and in his view of nature – the attitude of the seventeenth century.

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John Hughes is the national leader for Canada's Best Managed Companies program and leader of the Greater Toronto Growth Enterprise practice for Deloitte.  Hughes has spent his career helping entrepreneurs and their management teams create value and grow their businesses.  He has developed a broad range of expertise in issues unique to entrepreneurs in privately held companies, particularly where corporate ownership and families intertwine.  He has extensive experience in strategic planning, corporate and personal taxation, mergers & acquisitions, and in transaction due diligence.  As national leader, Hughes has been involved with Canada's Best Managed Companies program since its inception and is the co-author of Building The Best: Lessons from Inside Canada's Best Managed Companies.



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