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Jorge Manrique

  • Jorge Manrique © CAGP/Iberfoto

    Jorge Manrique © CAGP/Iberfoto

  

Speciality

Literature

 

 

Date of birth

1440

Date of death

1479
  


" Poet. His "Coplas (Verses) on the death of his father" is considered the outstanding achievement of courtly lyrical poetry and one of the best elegies in Spanish literature."

Jorge Manrique de Lara is believed to have been born in Paredes de Nava (Palencia), around 1440. A member of one of the most ancient noble families in Castile (he was the son of Don Rodrigo Manrique, master of the Order of Santiago, and the nephew of the poet, Gómez Manrique), he combined his love of literature with a military career, taking part with his father in the struggles that preceded the Catholic Monarchs’ ascent to power. His poetic works are not extensive, comprising scarcely 40 quite conventional compositions. They are normally classified into three groups: amorous, burlesque and doctrinal. However, the “Coplas” avoid the macabre subjects that abounded in moral literature of the period and achieve an extraordinary emotional depth. He died in Cuenca in 1479.

Essential works

  • Jorge Manrique, Glosa famosissima sobre las coplas de don Jorge Manrique (Very famous gloss of the coplas of Don Jorge Manrique), Seville. Spanish National Library

    Stanzas about the Death of his Father

    Jorge Manrique's funeral elegy to his father has become a perennial classic of Spanish literature.

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