Juan de Mena|
Juan de Mena (1411-1456) was born in Cordoba. He was the best spanish writer imitating latin style.
At the age ot twenty three he became Master in Arts from Salamanca University.
His first important work was Coronation of Marqués de Santillana, dantesque vision in wich ancient writers crowned virtues of Iñigo Lopez.
Juan de Mena lived in Florence between 1442 and 1443. This year he came back to Spain.
In Castile he devotes to king Juan II his Labyrinth of Fortune (1444), ambicious allegorical and doctrinal poem that imitates Dante's Commedy. The Poet beholds the World and its seven circles: Moon, Mercury, Venus, Phoebus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
Mena wrote love poems and ocassional ones. He shows his rapports with Condestable Alvaro de Luna or the Marques de Santillana.
Before his death he left the uncompleted Verses on deadly sins or Debate of Reason against Will.
In 1450 he was married for the second time. He received ecclesiastic benefits and was created royal Historian.
His style looked unnatural in eigtheenth Century. Nowadays it is seen as a source for spanish language. It announces Luis de Góngora's one (1561-1627) and is the first stone for andalusian poetic school.
D.Miguel Pérez Rosado.
Ph. D. in Hispanic Philology.