Esteban Manuel De Villegas

ESTEBAN MANUEL DE VILLEGAS (1589-1669) I saw on a thyme complain to a bird, watching their beloved nest, who was leader of a stolen labrador. Esteban Manuel de Villegas. THE voice of a lover of LAS forms classics among the best poems of Esteban Manuel de Villegas is their sapphic Ode to the Cefiro contained among the hundred best poetry lyrical of the Castilian language, chosen by Menendez Pelayo, among the best of ancient and modern Spanish literature. Classical imitation, but not of the Latin poets, so frequent, but the Greeks, offers a case of particular importance in Villegas, dedicated grower of bucolic poetry. The Spanish Anacreonte was called. This select humanist refractory to any poetic innovations of his time, was a character in twisted condition, strange customs, and unlimited petulance. In 1618, when he published his erotic or lovemaking in eight books, printed an engraving with a rising sun surrounded by stars and this inscription on the cover : Me flowing, quid istae?. So cool contempt upset so his colleagues in poetry, sit referred, that Villegas had to remove the engraving of the copies still unsold.

Lope de Vega wrote of him in his Laurel de Apolo, although he said it all escondiesen / when the rays of his wit see Esteban Manuel de Villegas was born in Matute, La Rioja town near Najera, on 5 January 1589. Very young he moved to Madrid and studied later at Salamanca. Thirty-six years married Antonia de Leiva, a young girl of fifteen, which had seven children. At the age of 71 was processed by the Inquisition, accused of holding dangerous ideas about free will, speak with too much freedom on religious issues and manuscript have a notebook of satires, one of them against religious communities. He was forced to abjure de levi and punished to exile, by four years, Logrono, Najera and Madrid, his papers were collected, and his satires were lost.