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EL SONETO DE QUEVEDO »¡QUÉ PEREZOSOS PIES, QUÉ ENTRETENIDOS« EN DOS CONTEXTOS DIFERENTES Juguetes de la niñez (1631) y El Parnaso español (1648)

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Quevedo is well known for having revitalized the love poetry of his time. One way to do so was replacing the traditional imagery of lyric poetry with imagery taken from moral poetry, thus changing lyric poetry from erotic to ethical. A good illustration of this practice is the sonnet »¡Qué perezosos pies, qué entretenidos« (’How lazy these feet, how undirected‘), which tells the story of a lover proud of dying for love. The pressure of censorship led to the replacement of a biblical text included in the edition of Juguetes de la niñez (1631) with the aforementioned sonnet. Within this book, this love sonnet appeared to be something that it wasn't: a moralistic one. When the sonnet was again published in the posthumous edition of El Parnaso español (1648), it was included in a section exclusively devoted to amorous poems, the musa Erato. One title, presumably written by Quevedo himself, was added: »Amante desesperado del premio y obstinado en amar« (’A lover deprived of the price and determined to love‘) which directly states the exact meaning of the piece. This double publication shows the necessity for the critical editor of Quevedo's poetry to preserve the distribution in musas planned by the poet himself and respected in El Parnaso español.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3196/003581207781887447

Publication date: September 1, 2007

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  • Romanische Forschungen is one of the oldest German academic journals dedicated to the study of the Romance languages, their literatures, and cultures from all periods. Its editors and editorial board emphasize the interrelatedness of linguistics and literary studies and encourage the submission of articles and reviews with a focus on the Romance world as a whole. Romanische Forschungen publishes in all the major Romance languages, German and English.

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