A la musa. Poetry recital during World Poetry Day


Casa Museo Lope de Vega. Calle Cervantes, 11. Madrid

Marta de Nevares Santoyo was Lope de Vega’s last lover. They met in 1616 at a literary meeting in a Madrid garden, when the poet (who had already been ordained as a priest) was approaching sixty and Marta was barely twenty-five. It was the start of a lengthy, difficult and passionate love affair that would last until 1632, the year of Marta’s death. The literary outcome of their relationship was Novelas a Marcia Leonarda (his beloved’s literary pseudonym).

One of the novels, written by Lope de Vega in 1621, is entitled "Fortunas de Diana". Its young and beautiful leading characters are caught up in a hilarious chain of adventures taking them to exotic landscapes and making them experience a range of emotions including love, desire, seduction, guilt, honour and revenge until at last, after a great deal of intrigue, the story has a happy ending.

Olaia Pazos and Lucas (Elkoalapuesto) Rodríguez recite extracts from these adenture stories and mix them with readings from contemporary poetry, thereby illustrating that what moves us in the 20th century is not so different from what people felt in the Golden Age.

Useful information

  • Closed programme
  • Times: Wednesday 21 March at 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00.
  • Duration: Approximately 30 minutes
  • Price: free entrance until all places have been taken

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