"Cantares Mexicanos Questions for Alfred J. Drake's English 242: World Literature 400-1600 CE, Spring 2009 at Chapman University"

CANTARES MEXICANOS QUESTIONS

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Assigned: Cantares Mexicanos (3073-76).

Cantares Mexicanos

1. In Song IV, how does the singer's perspective compare to European-style theories of poetic inspiration with which you are familiar? (Platonic, romantic, etc.) And how are the songs themselves described metaphorically -- what effect does do you suppose this description of the songs was intended to have on readers?

2. In Song XII, what role does the Aztec religion play in the singer's exhortation -- what enticements and promises are offered to those the singer is trying to motivate? Why is the singer evidently so sure that the song will have the desired effect?

Edition: Lawall, Sarah, ed. The Norton Anthology of World Literature. 2nd edition. Volumes 1ABC. New York: Norton, 2002. ISBN A = 0-393-97755-2, B = 0-393-97756-0, C = 0-393-97757-9.