Gonzalo de Berceo
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Berceo, Gonzalo de
Born in the late 12th century in Berceo, province of Rioja; died there after 1246. Spanish poet and priest.
Berceo was educated in a monastery. The first representative of “erudite poetry” in Spain, he wrote the collection Miracles of Our Lady, consisting of 25 stories in verse, the poems In Praise of Our Lady and The Sufferings of the Virgin, several lives of saints, and religious poems. An antiascetic element and a folkloric treatment of religious subjects are characteristic of Berceo’s work. Written in unaffected and colloquial language, Berceo’s work is close to folk poetry.
WORKSPoetas espanñoles: Berceo. Selected, transcribed, and with a prologue by E. Nadal. Barcelona, 1940.
REFERENCESCorro del Rosario, P. Gonzalo de Berceo: Estúdio crítico literario. Sāo Paulo .
Guerrieri Crocetti, C. Gonzalo de Berceo. Brescia, 1947.