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Fifteen poets of the Aztec world

Author: Miguel León Portilla
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [1992] ©1992
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Who were the poets of Mexico in the days of Aztec splendor? What were the poems of a culture so different from our own? In this first English-language translation of a significant corpus of Nahuatl poetry into English, an expansion of his classic Trece poetas del mundo azteca, Miguel Leon-Portilla was assisted in his rethinking, augmenting, and rewriting in English by Grace Lobanov. Biographies of fifteen composers
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Genre/Form: Translations
Poets
Translations into English
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Miguel León Portilla
ISBN: 0806124415 9780806124414 9780806132914 0806132914
OCLC Number: 25410240
Language Note: In English with poems in Nahuatl and English.
Notes: Revised and enlarged translation of: Trece poetas del mundo azteca. 1967.
Description: xvi, 307 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Tlaltecatzin of Cuauhchinanco --
Nezahualcoyotl of Tezcoco --
Cuacuauhtzin of Tepechpan --
Nezahualpilli --
Cacamatzin of Tezcoco --
Tochihuitzin Couyolchiuhqui --
Axayacatl --
Macuilxochitzin --
Temilotzin of Tlatelolco --
Tecayehuatzin of Huexotzinco --
Ayocuan Cuetzpaltzin --
Xayacamach of Tizatlan --
Xicohtencatl the Elder --
Chichicuepon of Chalco --
Aquiauhtzin of Ayapanco.
Other Titles: Quince poetas del mundo azteca.
15 poets of the Aztec world
Responsibility: [edited] by Miguel León-Portilla.

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Who were the poets of Mexico in the days of Aztec splendor? What were the poems of a culture so different from our own? In this first English-language translation of a significant corpus of Nahuatl poetry into English, an expansion of his classic Trece poetas del mundo azteca, Miguel Leon-Portilla was assisted in his rethinking, augmenting, and rewriting in English by Grace Lobanov. Biographies of fifteen composers of Nahuatl verse and analyses of their work are followed.

By their extant poems in Nahuatl and in English. The poets - fourteen men and one woman - lived in the central highlands of Mexico and spoke Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, Tezcocans, Tlaxcalans, and several other chiefdoms. These authors of "flower and song" (a Nahuatl metaphor for poetry, art, and symbolism) lived during the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries. Sources for the poems included indigenous "codices," "books of songs" now unfortunately lost.

And renditions of them preserved by the Nahuatl oral tradition, which survived the Spanish Conquest and were recorded by several young natives in two manuscripts.

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