Ercilla y Zúñiga, Alonso de

Ercilla y Zúñiga, Alonso de älōnˈsō ᵺā ārthēˈlyä ē tho͞oˈnyēgä [key], 1533–94, Spanish poet. In Chile (1556–63) he fought against the Araucanian, and while there he began the epic poem La Araucana, considered the finest Spanish historical poem. This heroic work in 37 cantos is divided into three parts, published in 1569, 1578, and 1589. It tells of the courageous insurrection of the Araucanians and also relates the history of Chile and of contemporary Spain.

See translation by W. Owen (1945).

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