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Rodrigo de Valdés: Poema heroyco hispano-latino panegyrico de la fundación, y grandezas de la muy noble, y leal ciudad de Lima

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Neal A. Messer and Jerry M. Williams

Poema heroyco hispano-latino (1687), a national chronicle or “epic poem,” commemorates the founding and greatness of Lima, Peru. Its unique rhymed quatrains can be read in either Latin or Spanish with equal meaning, and its insightful marginal notes interpret the city’s cultural history. Rodrigo de Valdés (1609–1682) underscores the decadence of peninsular Spanish letters in contrast to the compositions of New World writers. The poem is a tribute to the superiority, versatility, and interchangeability of Spanish and Latin as instruments of power that led to Spain’s world dominance, and to Lima as the locus of marvels and a quasi biblical garden of delights.

Lima has occupied without exception a privileged space within the colonial situation, as a metaphorical sovereign of new-world experiences and potentialities. Influenced by the spirit of Baroque sensibilities and Creole pride in his patria, Valdés bequeathed to Lima a staged panegyric that served as King Charles II’s introduction to the bounty of his American colony. Valdés, acting as commentator, guides the reader through a journey that spans centuries of Peru’s illustrious history. Working within the classical tradition of laus urbis or the praise of cities, Valdés depicts America as a paradise found with Lima at its center.

In tracing the poem’s relationship to the genre of classical panegyrics, Neal A. Messer and Jerry M. Williams argue its literary merits and elucidate how it enriches the colonial family of Latin American texts. Republished for the first time, this critical edition introduces Valdés to students and scholars of Ibero-American letters.

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Names: Messer, Neal A., editor. | Williams, Jerry M., editor. Valdés, Rodrigo de, 1609–1682. Poema heroyco hispano-latino paneyrico de la fundación y grandezas de la muy noble y leal ciudad de Lima. Title: Poema heroyco hispano-latino panegyrico de la fundación, y grandezas de la muy noble, y leal ciudad de Lima by Rodrigo de Valdés:annotated, edited, and with a critical study / Rodrigo de Valdés; edited by Neal A. Messer, Jerry M. Williams. Other titles: Poema heroyco hispano-latino paneyrico de la fundación y grandezas de la muy noble y leal ciudad de Lima Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2017. Series: Latin America: interdisciplinary studies, v. 32 | ISSN 1524-7805Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2016015056 | ISBN 978-1-4331-3426-5 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4539-1876-0 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-3834-8 (epub) ISBN 978-1-4331-3835-5 (mobi) | DOI 10.3726/978-1-4539-1876-0 Subjects: LCSH: Valdés, Rodrigo de, 1609–1682. Poema heroyco hispano-latino paneyrico de la fundación y grandezas de la muy noble y leal ciudad de Lima. Lima (Peru)—Poetry—Early works to 1800. | Elegiac poetry, Spanish— Peru—Lima—Early works to 1800. | Jesuit poetry—Early works to 1800. Jesuit poetry, Latin (Medieval and modern) Classification: LCC PQ8496.V3 P636 2016 | DDC 861/.3—dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2016015056

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