Juan de Mena
Juan de Mena
    Juan de Mena
     Catholic_Encyclopedia Juan de Mena
    Spanish poet, born 1411 at Cordova; died 1456 at Torrelaguna. Prominent at the court of Juan II of Castile, Mena was for a while the monarch's secretario de cartas Latinas and then the royal historiographer. In his work as a poet he manifests little originality, and shows to a considerable degree the influence of Italian and classic Latin models, for the impress of the Renaissance is already clear in him. The Dantesque allegory gave form to his poem "La Coronacion", an allegorical vision in which he makes a journey to Parnassus to witness the coronation of his friend, the Marquis of Santillana, as poet and hero. Didactic and allegorizing tendencies are visible in his versified "Siete pecados mortales". Along with a paramount influence of Dante there is noticeable also a considerable influence of the Latin poet Lucan in his poetical masterpiece, the "Laberinto" (also termed Las Trecientas). Here the poet pictures himself as wandering in a forest where he is threatened by wild beasts. A beautiful woman (Providence) appears and offers to guide him and explain the secrets of life. A description of the universe is then given. It consists of three wheels of fate set within a number of circles or spheres. The wheels are those of the past, present, and future. That of the present is in motion, the other two are constantly moving. In these wheels are seen various personages, whom his guide points out to him, expatiating on their characteristics. The machinery is obviously borrowed from the Divine Comedy and especially from the Paradise. Certain passages are genuinely poetical. Of the prose works of Mena there may be mentioned his "Iliada", an arid compendium of the story of Troy, and his pedantic Commentary on his own poem "La Coronacion". His minor lyrics, found in the Cancioneros are of slight importance.
    Obras, ed. SANCHEZ (Madrid, 1804); Laberinto, ed. FOULCHE-DELBOSC (Macon, 1904); Revue Hispanique, IX, 75 sqq.; MENENDEZ Y PELAYO, Antologia, V, 165 sqq.
    J. D. M. FORD.
    Transcribed by Douglas J. Potter Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume VIII. — New York: Robert Appleton Company. . 1910.


Catholic encyclopedia.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Juan de Mena — Juan de Mena, engraving of a Zaragoza s edition (Jorge Coci, 1509) of Laberinto de Fortuna. Juan de Mena (1411–1456) was one of the most significant Spanish poets of the fifteenth century. He was highly regarded at the court of Juan II de… …   Wikipedia

  • Juan de Mena — (* 1411 in Córdoba, Spanien; † 1456 in Torrelaguna, heute Stadt Madrid, Spanien) war ein spanischer Dichter. Juan de Mena studierte an der Universität Salamanca, machte sich sodann in Rom noch mit der altklassischen Literatur vertraut, ward nach… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Juan de Mena — est un poète espagnol né à Cordoue en 1411 et mort à Torrelaguna en 1456. Il est l un des principaux poètes espagnols du XVe siècle et a été chroniqueur royal sous le règne de Jean II de Castille. Son chef d œuvre est Laberinto de Fortuna, poème… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Juan de Mena — (Córdoba, 1411 Torrelaguna, 1456), poeta español perteneciente al Prerrenacimiento. La ausencia de documentación sobre sus padres hace sospechar que tuviera origen judeoconverso. Tras iniciar estudios en su ciudad natal, los continuó en la… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Juan de Mena — Para el distrito paraguayo, véase Juan de Mena (Paraguay). Juan de Mena, a partir de un grabado de la edición de Zaragoza (Jorge Coci, 1509) del Laberinto de Fortuna. Juan de Mena (Córdoba, 1411 Torrelaguna (Madrid), 1456), poeta español… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Juan de Mena (Paraguay) — Juan de Mena …   Wikipedia Español

  • Juan de Mena District — Juan de Mena is a district of the Cordillera Department, Paraguay. It is named after the Spanish Renaissance poet Juan de Mena …   Wikipedia

  • Juan de Arregui y Gutiérrez — Obispo de Buenos Aires Consagración episcopal 25 de enero de 1733 Nacimiento 24 de junio de 1656, Buenos Aires, Gobernación del Río de la Plata,[1] …   Wikipedia Español

  • Juan de Lucena — Juan de Lucena, (h. 1430 1506) humanista español de la segunda mitad del siglo XV. De muy posible origen judeoconverso, puede que naciera en Lucena (Córdoba) o Soria, se ignora cuándo, aunque quizá murió en 1506. Fue sacerdote y vivió en Roma… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Juan de Padilla (Dichter) — Juan de Padilla (* um 1468 in Sevilla; † 1522) war ein spanischer Dichter. Leben Padilla wurde Kartäusermönch und ist daher auch als „El Cartujano“ bekannt. Der Autor einiger Romanzen ist besonders durch seine zwei langen religiösen Gedichte,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”