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Encyclopedia > Francisco de Quevedo
Francisco de Quevedo y Villegas

Francisco Gómez de Quevedo y Villegas (September 17, 1580September 8, 1645) was a Spanish writer during the Siglo de Oro. The son of noble parents, he was born in Madrid. He is Spain's supreme baroque poet. Download high resolution version (772x1156, 581 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... September 17 is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years). ... Events March 1 - Michel de Montaigne signs the preface to his most significant work, Essays. ... September 8 is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years). ... // Events January 10 - Archbishop Laud executed on Tower Hill, London. ... The siglo de oro (a Spanish-language phrase meaning century of gold or golden century) is a term that refers to one of the following: The great age of Spanish wealth and power, roughly from the early-to-mid-16th century to early-to-mid-17th century. ... Location Location of Madrid in Europe Coordinates : 40° 23’N , 3°43′0″W Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Villa de Madrid (Spanish) Spanish name Villa de Madrid Founded 9th century Postal code 28001-28080 Area code 34 (Spain) + 91 (Villa de... Adoration, by Peter Paul Rubens. ...


Quevedo's poetry first appeared in an anthology by Pedro de Espinosa, Flores de poetas ilustres ("Flower of Illustrious Poets") (1605); his complete works were not published until after his death. Espinosa's anthology was mainly interested in Quevedo's metaphysical and love poems, and his mocking sonnets. Francesco Petrarca or Petrarch, one of the best-known of the early Italian sonnet writers For the Saab automobile, see Saab Sonett, for the Japanese communications company see So-net The term sonnet is derived from the Provençal word sonet and the Italian word sonetto, both meaning little song. ...


Quevedo was a master of conceptismo, from concepto ("conceit"), an elaborate, fanciful and witty metaphor used especially as a literary signpost in poetry. He was strongly opposed to culteranismo (extreme subtilization and concealment of meaning, often with Latinate expressions and syntax, and obscure mythological allusions) and he scurrilously attacked Luis de Góngora, whose name was synonymous with culteranismo (c.f., "Gongorism".) Luis de Góngora, in a portrait by Diego Velázquez. ... Luis de Góngora, in a portrait by Diego Velázquez. ...


Besides his literary activity, Quevedo was an operative in the service of an important Spanish XVII Century grandee and politician, Pedro Téllez-Girón, 3rd Duke of Osuna. Osuna was Spanish viceroy in Naples and involved in a notorious (and top-secret) attempt to subvert the republican government of Venice. The failure of the conspiracy, and the Spanish government's pursuit of "plausible deniability", brought about the spectacular fall of Osuna and of the deeply compromised Quevedo, who had been Osuna's go-between in Venice. In an attempt to vindicate Osuna, Quevedo prepared an anonymous verse "Memorial" ("memorandum") which materialized under King Philip IV's napkin at breakfast, blasting the policies of Philip's all-powerful favourite, Gaspar de Guzmán y Pimentel, Count-Duke of Olivares. But Quevedo's famous wit was impossible to disguise, and his act landed the poet under house arrest which lasted until Olivares' fall in 1643. (16th century - 17th century - 18th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 17th century was that century which lasted from 1601-1700. ... Spanish nobles are classified either as Grandees (also called Peers) or as Titled Nobles. ... Don Pedro Téllez-Girón, 3rd Duke of Osuna, (b. ... Country Italy Region Campania Province Naples (NA) Mayor Rosa Russo Jervolino Elevation 17 m Area 117 km² Population  - Total (as of December 31, 2004) 1,000,470  - Density 8,457/km² Time zone CET, UTC+1 Coordinates Gentilic Napoletani Dialing code 081 Postal code 80100 Patron Saint Januarius  - Day September... Country Italy Region Veneto Province Venice (VE) Mayor Massimo Cacciari (since April 18, 2005) Elevation m Area 412 km² Population  - Total (as of December 31, 2004) 271,251  - Density 646/km² Time zone CET, UTC+1 Coordinates Gentilic Veneziani Dialing code 041 Postal code 30100 Frazioni Chirignago, Favaro Veneto, Mestre... Philip IV, King of Portugal (), (April 8, 1605 – September 17, 1665). ... Equestrian portrait of the Count-Duke of Olivares Gaspar de Guzmán y Pimentel, Count of Olivares and Duke of San Lúcar (January 6, 1587 - July 22, 1645), was a Spanish royal favourite and minister. ... // Events January 21 - Abel Tasman discovers Tonga February 6 - Abel Tasman discovers the Fiji islands. ...


Quevedo also carried on an interminable and Dickensian lawsuit with the town of which he was hereditary Lord of the Manor, La Torre de Juan Abad in Castile, from whose feudal duties he derived his livelihood and where his ancestral seat, today a fascinating museum, is situated. This article or section needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ...


Homely Quevedo was famously lame and wore pince-nez spectacles clipped on his nose (to this day called quevedos in Spanish). That didn't stop him from being a notorious ladies' man and accomplished swordsman and duellist, ready to cross swords in matters of honor, literature or politics. Glasses, spectacles, or eyeglasses are frames bearing lenses worn in front of the eyes, sometimes for purely aesthetic reasons but normally for vision correction or eye protection. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...


As a prose-writer Quevedo was noted for his pessimistic stoicism wrapped in an inimitably ironic style. Quevedo was also known for his strident Anti-Semitism and misogyny. He is Spain's most famous literary satirist and a peak of the Spanish language.

  • Picaresque novel: Historia de la vida del Buscón llamado don Pablos (The Life Story of the Sharper, called Don Pablos) (1626; there are several early English translations)
  • Satire: Los sueños (Dreams) (1627), La cuna y la sepultura (The Crib and the Grave) (1635); La culta latiniparla ("The Latin-prattling blue-stocking", mocking a female culteranist, 1631)
  • Against Luis de Góngora and Culteranismo: Aguja de navegar cultos ("A Compass-needle to navigate culteranos'")
  • Political works: Política de Dios, gobierno de Cristo ("The Polity of God and Government of Christ") (1626); Vida de Marco Bruto (The Life of Marcus Brutus) (16321644); Execración contra los judíos ("Execration Against the Jews") (1633).
  • Biography: life of St Thomas of Villanova

Francisco de Quevedo appears as a character in the series of novels about Captain Alatriste, by Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte. In an upcoming film adaptation, Quevedo will be played by Juan Echanove. The picaresque novel (Spanish: picaresco, from pícaro, for rogue or rascal) is a popular style of novel that originated in Spain and flourished in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries and has continued to influence modern literature. ... Events September 30 - Nurhaci, chieftain of the Jurchens and founder of the Qing Dynasty dies and is succeeded by his son Hong Taiji. ... Events A Dutch ship makes the first recorded sighting of the coast of South Australia. ... Events February 10 - The Académie française in Paris is expanded to become a national academy for the artistic elite. ... // Events February 5 - Roger Williams emigrates to Boston. ... Luis de Góngora, in a portrait by Diego Velázquez. ... Events September 30 - Nurhaci, chieftain of the Jurchens and founder of the Qing Dynasty dies and is succeeded by his son Hong Taiji. ... See also: 1632 (novel) Events February 22 - Galileos Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published July 23 - 300 colonists for New France depart Dieppe November 8 - Wladyslaw IV Waza elected king of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth after Zygmunt III Waza death November 16 - Battle of Lützen... // Events February to August - Explorer Abel Tasmans second expedition for the Dutch East India Company maps the north coast of Australia. ... Events February 13 - Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome for his trial before the Inquisition. ... Saint Thomas of Villanova (born Tomás García Martínez, Fuenllana, Ciudad Real, 1488 - died Valencia, September 9, 1555), was a preacher, ascetic, writer, and Spanish Augustinian monk. ... Captain Alatriste (El capitán Alatriste) is a series of books by Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte. ... Spanish stamp (2002) tribute to Captain Alatriste Arturo Pérez-Reverte (b. ...

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NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Francisco de Quevedo (1620 words)
Quevedo was a master of conceptismo, from concepto ("conceit"), an elaborate, fanciful and witty metaphor used especially as a literary signpost in poetry.
Quevedo became involved in a political conspiracy in Venice in 1618 and was recalled to Madrid in disgrace and kept under house arrest.
Quevedo also carried on an interminable and Dickensian lawsuit with the town of which he was hereditary Lord of the Manor, La Torre de Juan Abad in Castile, from whose feudal duties he derived his livelihood and where his ancestral seat, today a fascinating musum, is situated.
THE POETRY OF FRANCISCO DE QUEVEDO (861 words)
Quevedo could only read 17 of his compositions printed in the famous anthology The Best of Illustrious Poets by Pedro de Espinosa (1605), or loose works published in different collections of ballads.
At one point, Quevedo´s most spiritual love poetry was contrasted to his real situation: his disastrous marriage with his burlesque poetry of pícaras and prostitutes.
Other of Quevedo´s great reading material was, without doubt, that of the Latin poet Marcial, of Aragonese origin, who offered him interesting models of satirical poetry which he frequently translated or adapted.
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