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Santillana’s “Serranillas”: A Poetic Genre of Their Own

ByA. Swan, M. Gronow, J. M. Aguirre

Santillana’s “serranillas” have been acclaimed by most critics as some of the best examples of his poetic skill. We intend to show in our paper, mainly by inference, that these poems are indeed very skilful creations. In order to do so we will argue that the “serranillas”, as compositions dealing with some kind of amatory adventure, belong, in the context of medieval Spanish poetry, to a genre of their own, half-way between the so-called “poesía de tipo tradicional” 1 and courtly love poetry.