Spanish 115: When Language Sings: Lyric Poetry in Spain

MWF 1-2P, BARROWS 175 | Instructor: Iarocci | CCN: 31874

Units: 4

Prerequisites: Span 25

The course will focus on a selection of some of the most celebrated Spanish lyric poetry from the Middle Ages through the early 20th century. Several basic concerns will run through the course: a) reflection on the idea of lyric and lyric subjectivity; b) the continuities and discontinuities that have characterized lyric poetry over time; and c) exploration of some of the more striking features of lyric poetry in comparison to other forms of discourse. While we will review major aesthetic tendencies and discuss the way poetry in Spanish has been described by literary historians, our primary focus will be on techniques of reading, methods of analysis and the particularities of the poems we read. Extensive prior experience reading poetry is not required.