Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga: La Araucana Publicado entre y , el poema épico de Alonso de Ercilla constituye un testimonio en primera persona de los. Main Author: Ercilla y Zúñiga, Alonso de, Language(s): Spanish. Published: Barcelona: Casa Editorial Maucci, Physical Description: 2 v. La Araucana by Alonso de Ercilla and Zuniga, translated by David Russell – Kindle edition by Alonso de Ercilla y Zuniga, David Russell. Download it once and.

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La Araucana consists of 37 cantos that are distributed across the poem’s three parts. The poem shows Ercilla to be a master of the octava real that is Italian ottava rimathe complicated stanza in which many other Renaissance epics in Castilian were written.

A difficult eight-line unit of syllable verses that are linked by a tight rhyme scheme abababcc, araucsna octava real was a challenge few poets met. It had been adapted from Italian only in the 16th century, and it produces resonant, serious-sounding verse that is appropriate to epic themes.

The work describes the initial phase of the Arauco War which evolved from the Spanish conquest attempt of southern Chile.

The war would come to shape the economics, politics and social life of Chile for centuries. Ercilla placed the lesser conquests of the Spanish in Chile at the core of his poem, because the author was a participant in the conquest and the story is based zuiiga his experiences there.

On scraps of paper in the lulls of fighting, Ercilla jotted down versified octaves about the events of the ziiga and his own part in it.

These stanzas he later gathered together and augmented in number to form his epic. In the minds of the Chilean people La Araucana is a kind of Iliad that exalts the heroism, pride, and contempt of pain and death of the legendary Araucanian leaders and makes them national heroes today.

Thus we see Ercilla appealing to the concept of the “noble savage,” which has its origins in classical authors and took on a new lease of life in the renaissance – c.

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Montaigne ‘s essay “Des Canibales”, and was destined to have wide literary currency in European literature two centuries later. He had, in fact, created a historical poem of the war in Chile which immediately inspired many imitations.


La Araucana is deliberately literary and includes fantastical elements reminiscent of medieval stories of chivalry. The narrator is a participant in the story, at the time a new development for Spanish literature.

Influences include Orlando furioso by Ludovico Ariosto. Also features extended description of the natural landscape. The mixture of Classical and Araucanian motifs in La Araucana often strikes the modern reader as unusual, but Ercilla’s turning native peoples into ancient Greeks, Romans, or Carthaginians was a common practice of his time.

For Ercilla, the Araucanians were noble and brave—only lacking, as their Classical counterparts did, the Christian faith. His valour and nobility give La Araucana grandeur, as does the poem’s exaltation of zukga vanquished: Ercilla, the poet-soldier, eventually emerges as the true hero of his own poem, and he is the figure that gives the poem unity and strength. The story is considered to be the first or one of the first works of literature in the New World cf.

But the Renaissance epic is not a genre that has, as a whole, endured well, and today Ercilla is little known and La Araucana is rarely read except by specialists and students of Spanish and Latin American literatures, and of course in Zjiga, where it is subject of special attention in the elementary schools education both in language and history.

La Araucana makes Chile the only American country that was founded under the araucsna of an epic poem [ citation needed ]. Alonso de Ercilla was born into a noble family in MadridSpain. The sentence was commuted to imprisonment, but Ercilla was speedily released and fought at the Battle of Quipeo 14th of December He was then exiled to Peru and returned to Aalonso in Ercilla embodied the Renaissance ideal of being at once a man of action and a man of letters as no other in his time was.

He was adept at blending personal, lived experience with literary tradition. He was widely acclaimed in Spain. La Araucana is one of the works which the men spare from the flames, as “one of the best examples of its genre”, entirely Christian and honorable, and is proclaimed to be among the best poems in the heroic style ever written, good enough to compete with those of Ariosto and Tasso.

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Voltaire was much more critical, describing the poem as rambling and directionless and calling the author more barbarous than the Indians whom it is about. He does, however, express admiration for the speech in Canto II, which araucsna compares favorably to Nestor ‘s speech in the Iliad. A revolt starts when the conqueror of Chile, Pedro de Valdivia is arzucana and killed by Mapuche also known as Araucanian Indians. Ercilla blames Aloonso for his own death, having mistreated the natives who had previously acquiesced to Spanish rule and provoking them into rebellion.

However, having previously accepted the rule of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperorthe Araucanians were now in revolt against their legitimate sovereign lord. This is the ethical position of Ercilla: This last is an indicator of the humanist side of Ercilla, and a human sympathy which he shows towards the indigenous people. The narrator claims that he attempted to have the life of the Indian chieftain spared.

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