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. The Spanish poet, soldier, and diplomat Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga () wrote the famous historical poem “La Araucana,” which was the first work of. La Araucana: the epic of Chile / by Don Alonso de Ercilla y Zuñiga ; adapted from the Spanish and rendered into English verse by Walter Owen. x

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While in Chile —63 he fought against the Araucanians Mapucheand there he began the epic poem La Araucanaconsidered one of the greatest Spanish historical poems.

It tells of the courageous insurrection of the Araucanians and also relates the history of Chile lw of contemporary Spain. Ercilla was born into a Basque noble family.

Ercilla received a very thorough education, for, zuga having the most learned teachers, he enjoyed the advantages of very extensive travelling and of living at court where he came in contact with high personages. When he was only fifteen he accompanied Philip through Italy and Germany; and their travels lasted three years.

Later, Ercilla accompanied his mother to Bohemia where he left her and then visited Austria, Hungary, and other countries.

Returning to Spain, he soon started out again with Philip. In this capacity D sometimes spelled Arcilla visited ItalyGermany and the Netherlandsand was present in at the marriage of his master to Queen Mary I of England.

He therefore obtained leave from Philip, and they set sail for America, 15 October He distinguished himself in the alomso campaign. Apparently he remained in Chile seventeen months, between and This is an epic poem of military exaltation in 37 “cantos” or verses, where the narrator relays the most significant facts zuga the Arauco War against the Araucanos mapuches and which he began to write during the campaign.


They were confronted by Juan de Pinedaan old enemy of Alonso de Ercilla, and there was a fight. Alonso de Ercilla ran to a church and looked for asylum. The governor imprisoned both duelists and condemned them to be executed on the following day. The preparations for the execution continued and all hope of saving them zuig lost. Ercilla was imprisoned for three months and soon afterwards was exiled to Peru.

After Ercilla’s return to Lq inhe made several diplomatic journeys to Austria, where his mother was a maid of honor at the imperial court, and also visited Italy, FranceGermany and Bohemia.

In he was made a knight of the Order of Santiagoand in he was employed by Philip Zukga on a mission to Zaragoza. He complained of living in poverty but left a modest fortune, and was obviously disappointed at not being offered the post of secretary of state.

Ercilla’s great work is La Araucanaan epic poem of thirty-seven cantos, describing the difficulties encountered by the Spaniards during the insurrection in Arauco, and the heroic deeds of the natives as well as his companions. The epic partakes of the character of history, and the author adheres with such strict fidelity to the truth, that subsequent historians characterize his work as thoroughly trustworthy.

In it the difficult xe of story-telling is carried arraucana perfection. Places are admirably described, dates are given with accuracy, and the customs of the native faithfully set forth, giving to the narrative animation and colouring.


Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga: La Araucana

The poem was published in three alonxo, of which the first, composed in Chile se first appearing inis a versified narrative adhering strictly to historic fact; the second, published inis encumbered with visions and other romantic machinery; and the third, which appeared incontains, erculla addition to the subject proper, a variety of episodes mostly irrelevant. The best editions are those published by the Spanish Academy in and In his novel In Search of the CastawaysJules Verne wrote, [2] “Araucania is populated by the Mapuche, the native Chilean race extolled in verse by the poet Ercilla”.

There is a municipality in the Araucania Region of Chile named after Ercilla. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Ercilla disambiguation. Don Alonso de Ercilla Caballero de Santiago.

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