S407 Survey of Spanish Literature I

F. Jehle


Libro de Buen Amor, primera clase


  1. Autor: Juan Ruiz, el Arcipreste de Hita.

  2. Fecha aproximada de composición: 1340 (Nótese que Juan Ruiz y don Juan Manuel --a quien estudiamos pronto-- son contemporáneos).

  3. Términos:

  4. Assignment. As is indicated in the syllabus, you are not required to read all the excerpts included in the book. You are responsible for:

    Pages Comments
    50-52: Good intro and summary by editor.
    52 (1st 2 par.): Author's introduction. [You may skip the second half of p. 52 and of LBA) the top three-fourths of p. 53.]
    53 (last 4 par.) - 54: Author's introduction, continued. What are the author's intentions/purposes in writing the book (at least as expressed here)? What languages are used and why? Is this written in verse form?
    54-55: "Invocación". What is an invocation, where is it normally placed, and what purpose does it serve?
    55-56: "Gozos de Santa María". Note the metrical form (number of syllables, type of rhyme, rhyme scheme). Where does this rhyme scheme come from and what is it called?
    56-58: "Los griegos y los romanos". What does this anecdote deal with, and why is it included here?
    59: "Compañía con las hembras". Women, men, and the author
    59: "Pelea con Don Amor". In a part that has been omitted here, the Arcipreste has had some failures in his attempts at love affairs, so he offers these comments to Don Amor (Sir Love).

  5. In the poetry parts you have read up to this point (excluding "Gozos de Santa María"):

  6. As you read these and the next excerpts from the book:


serranilla - a type of poem narrating an encounter between a gentleman (caballero) and a girl, usually a shepherdess (pastora, hence the French name for this type of poem, pastourelle) or a mountain girl (serrana, hence the Spanish term, serranilla).

1022-1042 A serranilla (or a parody of one), a poem describing the encounter between the Arcipreste (no longer Don Melón) and a serrana. How many syllables per line? What is the rhyme scheme? This is obviously a different metrical form than the one used above.

1610-1617 One of the most famous passages in the work.