Andrés Fernández de Andrada - Andrés Fernández de Andrada

Andrés Fernández de Andrada
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Birth 1575 View and modify data on Wikidata
Seville ( Spain ) View and modify data on Wikidata
Death 1648 View and modify data on Wikidata
Mexico View and modify data on Wikidata
nationality Spanish
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Occupation Poet , writer and military man View and modify data on Wikidata
Gender Poetry View and modify data on Wikidata
Rank Captain View and modify data on Wikidata

Andrés Fernandez de Andrada ( Sevilla , 1575 - Mexico , 1648 ) was a poet and military Spanish .

Life and work

He was captain of the Spanish army and was in Mexico, where he died in absolute poverty, and ignored by all. He is known primarily as the author of a work that appears in all anthologies of Spanish classical poetry for its perfection, the Moral Epistle to Fabio , the summit of the Horacian epistle in Spain. Its literary sources come from the Old Testament , Seneca and Horacio and it represents the spirit of Seneca tradition and Christian asceticism in Spain, inviting the resignation of a life in " aurea mediocritas"or" golden medianía "and reflecting on the brevity of life and the human condition.

The authorship of the poem has been demonstrated in modern times, even though it was attributed in principle to other poets of the time such as Bartolomé Leonardo de Argensola or Francisco de Rioja . The first to hit the true writer of the poem was Adolfo de Castro in a work published in 1875 , and Dámaso Alonso confirmed this many years later with new data.

The recipient of the poem in chained triplets was the mayor of Mexico City Alonso Tello de Guzmán , eager to claim positions in the Court, and invites him to search for virtue, resignation and the "golden balance", already sung by Horacio and Fray Luis de León in their poetry. The poem unfolds with a visible two- dimensional rhythm , resorting to the brachistichio artifice to highlight the meaning of important words.

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