The Spanish Golden Age Sonnet

Editor(s) John Rutherford

Language: English

Genre(s): Modern Languages

Series: Iberian and Latin American Studies

  • July 2016 · 288 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9781783168965
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781783168972
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783168989

About The Book

The sonnets written during the Spanish Golden Age of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries are among the finest poems written in the Spanish language. This book presents over one hundred of the best and most representative sonnets of that period, together with translations into English sonnets and detailed critical commentaries. Garcilaso de la Vega, Góngora and Quevedo receive particular attention, but other poets such as Aldana, Lope de Vega and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz are also well represented. A substantial introduction provides accounts of the sonnet genre, of the historical and literary background, and of the problems faced by the translator of sonnets. The aim of this volume is to provide semantically accurate translations that bring the original sonnets to life in modern English as true sonnets: not just aids to the comprehension of the originals but also lively and enjoyable poems in their own right.


This eminently readable collection confirms John Rutherford's status as arguably the finest translator of literary works from the Spanish Golden Age. The introduction provides an exemplary contextualisation for a selection of sonnets that are essential reading for anyone who claims an interest not only in Hispanic literature(s) but also in literature per-se. A treasure-trove of delights, this collection constitutes a major milestone in and beyond Hispanic Studies
-Duncan Wheeler, Associate Professor in Spanish Studies, University of Leeds

About the Editor(s)

Author(s): John Rutherford

John Rutherford taught Spanish and Spanish-American language and literature at Oxford University for over forty years until his retirement in 2008. He is now an Emeritus Fellow of The Queen’s College, Oxford.

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