Apollo West End
19, Lower Regent St SW1Y 4LR London
19th Raindabce Film Festival
The 16th and 17th centuries represent a critical period for the evolution of aesthetics and, in particular, for cultured literature. The assimilation of classical models through the revival of the Greco-Roman tradition and of theoretical writings such as Aristotle’s Poetics unleashes a period of intellectual debate and creative activity that paves the way for modernity. The focus can be found in the Golden Age’s greatest poetic innovations, which were often controversial, from Garcilaso to Gongora. However, the links between literary genres and the uncertain boundaries between concepts like style, manner or means leave many questions unanswered. The dissemination of poetry, its link with historical and cultural setting, the triumph or overshadowing of some forms over others and, finally, the triumph of a new aesthetic based on conceptism, provide an intricate context for us to explore the genres and outline the key features of one of the richest eras in the history of Spanish culture.