Elegias De Varones Ilustres De Indias Analysis Essay

Juan de Castellanos y su obra Elegías de Varones Ilustres de Indias a través de William Ospina

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Este  ensayo  presenta  a  Juan  de Castellanos  como  el  personaje  que  introdujo literariamente a América en el Viejo Mundo. Caracteriza la obra Elegías de Varones Ilustres de Indias, el contexto de civilización y barbarie en el cual nació el texto, producto del encuentro cultural  y geográfico entre España y América, y  refiere aspectos sobresalientes de la vida del autor de las Elegías.

Palabras clave:
Elegías de Varones Ilustres de Indias, civilización y barbarie, crónica, ilustre.

Abstract:
This article presents to Juan de Castellanos as the character who introduced the literary aspect of America in the Old World. It characterizes the work Elegías de Varones Ilustres de Indias [Elegies of Illustrious Men of the Indies], the civilization and barbarism context in which the text was created, a result of the cultural and geographical union  between Spain  and America. The most  relevant aspects of writer life are also worked.

Key words:
elegies, civilization and barbarism, chronicle, illustrious.


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Elegías de varones ilustres de Indias is an epic poem written in the late sixteenth century by Juan de Castellanos.[1][2]

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The work gives a detailed account of the colonization of the Caribbean and the territories in present-day Colombia and Venezuela. It describes the settlement companies and foundation of cities as well as vivid depictions of indigenous cultures, such as the Muisca, and natural history, making this text an important early chronicle of the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Besides its historical value, it is notable for the use of multiple Renaissance-era literary styles, including the elegy, epic, pilgrimage tale, pastoral romance, chivalric romance and other literary forms.

The book contains one of the earliest descriptions of the New World speciespotato (Solanum colombianum), until the discovery of the Americas an unknown plant in the Old World.[3]

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  1. ^Becco, Horacio Jorge. 1991. Crónicas de la Naturaleza del Nuevo Mundo, 148. Cuadernos Lagoven, Lagoven, S.A. Caracas.
  2. ^Hernández Caballero, Serafín. 1998. Gran Enciclopedia de Venezuela. Editorial Globe, C.A. Caracas.
  3. ^Rodriguez, Francisco Javier. s.a.. Interpretación del 'Las Elegías' de Juan de Castellanos. Accessed 2016-08-26.

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